Technical training institutions have been challenged to invest more in research and innovation to generate home grown solutions to local needs.
Speaking at Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology during the graduation ceremony of over 500 students, Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Kevit Desai said the government remains committed to enhancing the capacity of technical institutions in line with its development agenda.
In Last year’s Jamhuri day address to the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta outlined what he said were the key ingredients in taking the Country to the next level of development.
The President singling out four key areas popularly referred to as the big four agenda which includes housing, security, affordable healthcare and manufacturing.
And with capacity development remaining a major challenge in the realization of the development agenda, the jubilee administration has prioritized capacity building for technical and vocational centres.
Desai says the government remains committed in ensuring technical institutions are funded so as to sustain ongoing training.
He called for Private public partnership to promote internship in the private sector where those graduating can be attached.
Desai says the government has scaled down fees from 56,240 to 30,000 shillings to enable students join and complete TVET Education adding that the government is employing 1000 trainers to address the current shortage.