The Principal Secretary in the State Department for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Dr Margaret Mwakima yesterday launched a drip irrigation project at Kajiado West Technical and Vocational College in Kajiado County.
Speaking during the function, Mwakima said the project that is supported by Ewaso Nyiro South Development Authority (ENSDA) will contribute to the government Big 4 agenda of enhancing food security and nutrition as it will boost food production and supply water to the institution and the local community.
Mwakima said the government has invested heavily in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector through infrastructural and human resource development and emphasized the vital role played by TVETs in addressing youth unemployment.
She reiterated that the government has increased the number of TVET institutions in the country from 52 in 2013 to 238 in 2021 at a cost of Sh10.6billion.
“The government has made sure each county has a TVET to ensure delivery of a high quality competent workforce for sustainable socio-economic and environmental development,” said Mwakima.
The PS said that TVET graduates play a critical role in opportunities creation, adaptation and use of technologies that are crucial to transform Kenya into an industrial based economy.
Kajiado County Director for TVET, Olivia Odongo, urged the public to support TVETs because of the critical role they play in provision of technical skills and use of technology.
“Technical skills are relevant everywhere in today’s society,” she said adding that TVETs provided a majority of the products in the market and the society needs to support them to boost enrollment.
By Hamdi Mohamud