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Governors urged to prioritise education

27 February 2014, 09:11 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Governors in the coastal counties have been challenged to give a priority to the education sector by establishing career oriented institutions that will produce professional graduates.

Speaking during the launch of teachers' support initiative in Mombasa, the Kenya Ports Authority chairman, Danson Mungatana said education is a key pillar for development and should therefore be uplifted.

“In the former Coast Province, we were not doing very well in terms of performance in education and I know that the six coast governors know this very well. We need to work as corporate partners and look for a solution,” said Mungatana.

Mungatana also said counties should establish a career oriented institutions in their counties so as to produce professionals in different fields of study which in turn will empower youth with professional skills.

He said teachers should be given moral support as a way of appreciation for the workload they are entitled to.

However, Mungatana called on all stakeholders in the education sector to offer necessary support to the youth for them to secure job opportunities in the facility.

“I want to appeal directly to all our teachers in colleges and universities to produce graduates who have the skills and knowledge to run our marine industry because we are lacking in it," he added.

He also expressed concerns that majority of youth are unable to secure job opportunities in the port facility due to lack of skilled manpower.

Mungatana said the current opportunities in the port's marine sector require skilled personnel and end up benefiting people from other regions.

“We have a very serious shortage of skilled manpower in the area of marine studies in the port. I want to say this clearly, even if you have a beautiful port facility, without skilled manpower you are on the losing side," said Mungatana.

He said the construction of the Lapsset project may not directly benefit the locals if they do not get skills related to the marine sector for them to acquire jobs.

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