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Budget gives youth hope, allocates Sh16b for training

Judy Akuma @PeopleDailyKe

The government has allocated Sh16 billion to Technical Vocational Educational and Training Institutions (TIVET) in a bid to improve and expand their capacity to equip the youth with relevant skills necessary for industrialisation.

In his budget speech yesterday, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said the funds will cater for recruitment of additional 2,000 technical training instructors, capitation grants, setting up 15 new technical training institutes as well as developing curriculum development assessment and certification centre and Technical Vocational Training Authority.

Rotich said that provision of quality and relevant education and training is critical in equipping Kenyans with skills necessary for industrialisation. “For this reason, the government will focus on improving and expanding TIVET institutes to equip the youth with the relevant skills necessary for industrialisation.

For this reason, we have allocated Sh16 billionfor technical institutions,” he said.  Rotich announced that from this year’s budget, Sh91.1 billion will be used to support University Education with Sh9.6 billion going to the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).

To expand access to quality basic education, and ensure the 100 percent transition policy that was implemented in January this year, the CS allocated Sh59.4 billion for Free Day Secondary Education Programme.

In addition, the National Treasury allocated Sh13.4 billion to cater for the Free Primary Education Programme, Sh4 billion for examinations fee waiver for all class eight and Form Four candidates and Sh2 billion for the School Feeding Programme.

To increase the teacher to student ratio, the CS set aside Sh5 billion for the recruitment of additional teachers. He said that this year’s budget aims at promoting focus on learning and competencies to develop quality and relevant skills for the market.

Rotich also emphasised on the need to further develop capabilities in Science and Technology. “The government has spearheaded major ICT investments including expansion of fibre optics infrastructure across the counties.”

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