His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia’s vision for globally competitive learning and education in Nyandarua has received a major boost, after the National Government handed over Lereshwa Vocational Training Centre to his administration.
Joyful residents of Lereshwa in Kipipiri Ward, Kipipiri Sub-County, witnessed as Chief Administrative Secretary for Education, Science and Technology Mr. Zack Kinuthia handed over the institution’s three ultra-modern blocks, twin workshops and an administration block to County Executive Committee Member for Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services Hon. Stephen Njoroge.
Expected to serve youth from across the County, construction of the facilities has been funded by the National Government through the Kenya Italian Debt Development Program (KIDDP).
“This transformational centre will put tangible skills in the hands of our youths for self-reliance,” said Mr. Kinuthia.
Mr. Kinuthia thanked Governor Kimemia for allocating KShs. 3 million for construction of a dormitory for learners at the institution.
Ahead of his election in 2017, Governor Kimemia identified falling education standards, poor transition rates, un-employability, inadequate facilities and lack of learning materials as significant challenges under Social Sector Development, which is the second pillar of his manifesto.
Among other interventions, the Governor committed to establish a talent academy and centers of excellence in every Sub-county, in addition to enhancing transition rates at all levels through collaboration with all education stakeholders to build better equipped schools, Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVETs), tertiary colleges and polytechnics across Nyandarua.
Urging parents to mobilize Form Four leavers to join TVETs for practical skills, Mr. Kinuthia noted that the National Government is currently paying KShs. 15,000 and KShs. 30,000 shillings for learners in VTCs and Technical Training Institutions (TTIs) respectively.
Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Enterprise Development Mr. Lawrence Karanja urged those graduating with technical skills to take advantage of National Government financing of small enterprises, including His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent directive that 250,000 desks for primary schools be locally sourced.
“We are seeking to boost small and medium enterprises through affordable loans and enabling policies,” he said.
Hon. Njoroge, who was representing the Governor, thanked the National Government for the buildings, noting that Lereshwa VTC is one of the institutions earmarked to become centres of excellence in Nyandarua.
“Two tutors who are among staff recruited recently by the County Public Service Board will posted to this VTC,” he announced.
Area Member of the County Assembly Hon. Paul Wambaire assured residents that the County Government has already allocated funds for an access road to the VTC.
His Githioro counterpart, who is also chairman for the Education Committee at the County Assembly Hon. Sambigi Mukuria, called for rationalization of the VTCs.
“We need fewer VTCs, possibly seven, so that we have one in every Sub-County instead of the current 15. That way, we can have each VTC specializing in its strongest areas,” he said.
In attendance were County Executive Committee Members Hon. Maryanne Gathigia (Public Administration, Enforcement and Information Communication Technology) and Hon. Milka Wanjiru (Water, Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources), alongside Chief of Staff Mr. Charles Wachira and Chief Officer for Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services Ms. Sarah Ndegwa, among other senior National and County Government officials.