Written by Joseph Abuje
The Kenya Government through the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is rolling out a master plan to equip youth polytechnics across the country with ICT and Agribusiness facilities for skills orientation.
Speaking to Africa Science News(ASNS) in Busia, the Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Ababu Namwamba revealed that the Ministry has set aside money to ensure that the youth polytechnics are well equipped with learning and co-curriculum activities materials.
The Minister said Busia youth polytechnic is slated to receive Ksh. 10 million for the upgrading of an ICT department to enable students get ICT skills.
He noted that countries like China have made greater developmental strides due to enormous ICT skills in the technical training institutions, equivalent of polytechnics in Kenya.
Busia youth polytechnic has only one ICT instructor against 627trainees, with a maximum of ten old model computers.
According to the training manager, Celine Wagga, Busia youth polytechnic is in dire need of an ICT department that is well equipped to adequately train the trainees for future sustainable development.
She added that the institution requires more instructors and modern computers alongside specious ICT laboratory Room.
Part of the money, according to Wagga is to be used for the construction of the lab, which she estimates at Kshs. 3.6million.
“My desire as the manager is to have a 1:3 computer –trainees ratio against the current ratio of 1:100,” emphasized Wagga.
She however, lauded the government effort of supporting polytechnic students, saying that this will ensure our youths get the right training for their self-reliance and contribution to the National economy.