A group of youths based in Kiminini Sub County has launched an initiative to enlighten students who sat for the 2020 KCSE examination, but failed to attaint university entry, on career choice in the field of vocational training.
The Simama Kimimini group recently organized a get-together with the youths at Kiminini center where representatives of several vocational institutions advised them on a wide range of courses they can enroll for.
“We have realized that most youths in this sub-county have been shying away from vocational courses yet these courses have been seen to have a solution to economic growth through entrepreneurship,” said the group’s coordinator Emmanuel Masika.
The Trans Nzoia county government’s director of vocational training Eliud Luiswetu noted that most youths are still shunning county-managed vocational institutions owing to the negative perception that they are dumping zones for failures.
“The county government has invested in vocational training centers across the county in terms of infrastructure and human resource but the admission is at about 30%. We want more students to join the centers,” said Mr. Lusweti.
The county assembly’s chairman of the budget committee Mr. David Kisaka challenged the youths against focusing on arts courses at the expense of technical ones which offer direct self-employment opportunities to graduates.
“I have observed that most youths are shunning courses in Agriculture yet the field has great opportunities that have been left to the elderly as youths pursue white-collar courses,” said Mr. Kisaka.
Nabiswa ward MCA Martin Jamanur called for increased bursary allocation by the county government to enable more learners from humble backgrounds to meet the cost of learning at the vocational institutions.
“Vocational training is a devolved function that must have a corresponding budgetary allocation for bursaries instead of channeling the same funds towards the national government powered secondary and college education,” said Mr. Jamanur.