The government has announced a fees waiver for public technical training colleges in the country as it seeks to provide affordable education for youth in the industrial training institutions.
Deputy President William Ruto said students in the colleges will now be awarded grants of Sh30,000 annually to finance their learning just like in the public universities where students are sponsored through Helb (Higher Education Loans Board).
The State is already offering free secondary and primary education and the new extension will benefit students in all public technical institutions. “Fees formerly paid by parents for technical courses will now be paid by the government,” added the Deputy President.
Ruto, who did not state any budget allocation for the programme, said the aim of abolishing fees is to level the ground in gaining technical training skills for all youth.
He challenged youth in the Coast region to go for different skills so that they can take up technical jobs once the proposed Lamu Port opens instead of engaging in unproductive politics. “Students of technical colleges can now learn without paying anything,” Ruto told a gathering at Majaoni in Kisauni constituency, Mombasa, a week ago.
The Deputy President also promised Sh50 million for construction of a national school at Majaoni to accommodate up to 2,000 students. “This will be achieved through a collaborative effort with Kisauni Constituency Development Fund,” said Ruto.
Demand for expertise in refrigeration, electrical, plumping and masonry, among other technical jobs, is so high that the country cannot provide the required supply of labour. Local firms have been employing foreign technicians.