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Bungoma plans to set up elderly vocational centers

03 September 2013, 15:37 Samuel Kisika

Bungoma - The Ministry of Education has assured residents of Bungoma County that it is planning to establish elderly vocational centers to foster levels of literacy in the region.

Responding to questions raised by the press on plans put in place to enhance education in the county, Beril Mutekhele, the Minister of Education said that a certain amount of money was included in the county’s budget to cater for elderly education.

“I would like to inform Bungoma residents that we included elderly vocational education in the budget to enable them acquire reading and writing skills to promote literacy in the county,” said Mutekhele.

“We already have a vocational center in Bungoma town and look forward to create more across the county with the required facilities since the elderly can not be enrolled in youth polytechnics,” added Mutekhele.

However, the Minister said that the Ministry’s efforts to establish the centers would be spearheaded by the elderly’s expression of great desire and interest in acquiring the education.

She added that the Ministry is putting in place measures to ensure energetic, retired works get tenders in schools from their earned pension capital so that they don’t lead a impoverished, helpless life.   

Mutekhele also said her Ministry is going to ensure there is provision of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) education to all secondary school students right from form one and establishment of computer labs for students to be equipped with computer skills.

“Now that the national government is set to provide laptops to all class one pupils as from next year, my Ministry is going to ICT lessons are provided to high school students to fit in the fast growing technological era,” said Mutekhele.

She further said that the Ministry will allocate KES 1 million for every ward as bursaries to needy students.

Mutekhele urged teachers in the county to work extra harder in preparing candidates for their national examinations holding that posting good results would put the county at the top in nation, and parents to support teachers in providing their children with the required learning materials.

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