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More students opting for engineering courses

19 June 2013, 18:35 James Kabotia

Kenya’s higher institutions of learning have had an overflowing number of students taking engineering courses since 2002 due to many ongoing infrastructural development projects in the country.

Speaking to the media, Senior lecturer at the department of Civil and Construction Engineering in the University of Nairobi Dr. Zablon Oonge said that lots of students who complete their high school education are now opting for engineering courses.

“This means that students are taking Mathematics subject seriously at Secondary School and when they join the university, we can see the zeal and determination in them,” Dr. Oonge said.

He further noted that 21 years ago, he was lecturing only 30 students in the Civil and Construction Engineering department module II but the number has now risen to 4 000 students who attained grade A in K.C.S.E

'Engineering is applicable in all the ministries'

The senior lecturer said that engineering is applicable in all the ministries of government, adding that there is an acute shortage of engineers in the country to exploit fully the vast labour market.

He also said that there is an increase in the number of students joining public universities as a result of free primary education.

“Six years ago, the enrolment was about 15 000 - 20 000 students but currently we are receiving more than 60 000 students,” he said.

'MPs greed will stagnate the nation'

Dr. Oonge noted that if the members of national assembly award themselves hefty salaries, education sector in Kenya is going to stagnate.

“As education stakeholders, our job is just to analyze the situation as the MPs demand for higher remuneration. It’s either the greed stops or we stagnate as a nation,” said Dr. Oonge.

He said that the current KES 143.1 billion allocated for Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in the 2013/2013 budget proposal is inadequate, saying that the education sector is being faced with a lot of plights.

He noted that more money should be channeled to education so that schools can withstand the population increase and achieve quality education.

Teachers toiling tirelessly to offer quality education, paid dismally

Gathathi-ini Secondary School Board Of Governors Chairman Ephantus Mukundi confirmed that indeed Secondary school teachers are being forced to toil tirelessly to offer quality education to the large population of students yet they are paid dismally.

“It is the high time that the government considered our teachers,” said Mukundi.

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