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State to put up 70 more vocational colleges

Robin Obino @PeopleDailyKe

Learning in vocational and technical training institutions will get a boost after the completion 70 more colleges this year, Vocational and Technical Training Principal secretary Dinah Mwinzi has said. She said the government targets to have 290 technical and vocational colleges, 1,540 village training centres and 47 national polytechnics by 2022.

Speaking during the launch of a technology partnership between the Management University of Africa (MUA) and the Indian Institute of Hardware Technology in Nairobi yesterday, Mwinzi said the government through the Higher Education Loans Board had increased financial support for trainees from poor and marginalised households.

She added that the government had integrated Special Needs Education in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). “I ask trainees to apply for Helb loans, and encourage the youth to enroll in TVET courses even if they are pursuing undergraduate studies,” the PS said.

She said MUA had been earmarked as one of the technical institutions that will benefit from collaboration between the Kenya government and India to establish a mega state-of-the-art centre of excellence in infrastructure.

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