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China donates machines to Kenya

27 November 2012, 11:14 Tony Karomo

Kiirua Technical Training Institute has received a million machines from the Government of the Republic of China and the ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology to boost its electrical and electronic courses.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony at the institution’s grounds at Kiirua in Buuri constituency, the principal Alex Vavu said that the equipment will help students to sharpen their skills.

“The support will significantly increase the quality of education as well as upgrade our institution and modernize the conditions of training of selected courses,” said Vavu.

He added that skills acquired through the use of the equipment would help make the Kenyan economy more competitive as well as empower the youth.

Vavu said that the host community in the school would also benefit once the installation of the machines is done.

“The people around the institution also stand to benefit as we will possibly make elaborate plans with the Kenya Power and Lightning Company to start distributing electricity in the areas surrounding us.

Vavu urged the students to make effective use of the machines to intensify their training.

He explained that the equipment would help to diversify the programs and courses offered at the institution and hence increase enrollment numbers.

Buuri District Commissioner Ndambuki Muthike urged form four leavers who missed out on university admissions to consider joining technical training institutes.

He said TIVET institutions played a 'crucial and vital' role in the realization of the Vision 2030.

He said that the skills offered in TIVET institutions were effective in solving the unemployment puzzle in Kenya.

Muthike also challenged the institute to take up the role of evaluating technical skills and identify areas that needed improvement.

“Such technical institutions should regularly undertake reviews of the general efficiency of the skills that are offered to ensure that they are necessary for competing in the global markets,” said Muthike.

He added that TIVET skills had direct and immediate impact on the lives of Kenyans and therefore the government should lay more emphasis on them.

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