Technical colleges will reduce fees by between 30 per cent and 50 per cent in an ambitious plan aimed at increasing enrollment.
Speaking in Kajiado county on Friday at a graduation ceremony of Masai Technical Training Institute, Deputy President William Ruto disclosed that the new fees structure would be out in the next two months.
He further announced that the scheme of service for lecturers in technical colleges would be improved from July to boost their morale.
“For a long time, these lecturers were grouped together with teachers in primary and secondary schools. This impeded their career growth and performance. We must put technical education in its rightful place,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President said the journey to transform and expand technical education to boost development started in 2013.
“It’s not possible to take Kenya to a middle-income level economy without the men and women who will drive that agenda. That’s why we had a paradigm shift for we knew that in technical colleges lie the transformation of our country,” he said.
Ruto said Kenya’s development would have been at par with that of Singapore and Malaysia “but it was delayed because we left the technical education behind”.
The government is building at least one technical training college in each constituency.
Masai Technical Training Institute Principal Wesley Yegon said the institution has been undergoing re-branding which had seen the student population triple in two years.
Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku said technical training colleges are economic engines that need to be supported by both national and county governments.