Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH has advised the youth in Uasin Gishu County to take advantage of the current Government policy of supporting students enrolling to technical institutions.
Currently, a student who joins a TVET institution is eligible to apply for a loan from the higher education Loans Board (HELB) as well as get Ksh30,000 from the Government – unlike in the past.
This is the opportunity Mandago wants the youth to take advantage of before a change in Government policy.
“Government programs and policies are established for specific reasons and once that goal is achieved, the program is removed,” said Mandago
“The policy to support TVET students will not last forever, there comes a time the Government will review after getting sufficient skills and one will be required to pay their own fees,” he added.
The Governor noted that with lack of finances, not an excuse because of the Government support, any youth who has sat for his/her KCSE examinations must look for a technical college to enroll.
Mandago further advised the youths to focus on courses that they can be self-employed after completion should they fail to secure formal employment by Government institutions or the private sector.
He gave an example of water-related courses at the Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) as some that should be given priority due to many multi-billion water projects the Government is likely to initiate in the near future.
“The Government is likely to spend a lot of money on water projects and currently, there is a serious shortage of water engineers in this country. KEWI is the only college accredited to train people on related skills,” Mandago said.
Speaking during an educational tour in Tulwet/Chuiyat Ward, Kesses Sub County, the County boss advised the youths to join Animal Health and Industry Training Institute (AHIT) which are only four in the country – Nyahururu, Kabete, Embu, and Nairobi.
“If you do a diploma in animal health, you can be a veterinary officer and with the Artificial Insemination services in demand, if you are not employed, you can be your own employer,” said Mandago.
Ccounty Executive Commitee Member for Education Joseph Kurgat who was also present said they are doing registration for all the students who have been sponsored in every field across the county so as to guide them going foward.
“There is still hope, if you didn’t qualify for university you still have the chance to proceed with your education. Make use of this TVETs,” added County Executive Member for Finance CPA Julius Ruto.
Mandago later inspected the Kaptengut dam in Kesses sub county.
Area MCA Julius Songok were also present.