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Counties to get national polytechnic, says Amina

Amina Mohamed
Education secretary Amina Mohamed. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Ministry of Education will establish at least one national polytechnic in every county and technical colleges in constituencies.

Education secretary Amina Mohamed said the polytechnics will have modern equipment.

In a speech at Nyeri National Polytechnic read by the director of technical education, Mr Meshack Opwora, the minister said the institutions would improve the number of professionals and reduce youth unemployment.

“Every national polytechnic will have at least 10,000 trainees. We want to ensure the minimum student population in technical schools is five million by 2020,” Ms Mohamed said.

She said her ministry would develop and expand the colleges across the country.

In August, the government commissioned civil and building engineering equipment valued at $1.2 million (Sh120 million) at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

“The intention of the ministry is to make this institution a centre of excellence in building and civil engineering and skills development. It is my hope that the equipment will be used for training and community service through partnerships with small and medium enterprises,” she said.

The minister said the government attaches great importance to technical training colleges as a way of addressing youth unemployment and bridging the skills gap. The government also intends to build competencies needed to drive the national development agenda, she said.

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