Embu County Professionals Development Association (ECPDA) in conjunction with Kenya University and College Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) will fast track registration of over local 6,000 students for tertiary programs at TVET institutions.
Speaking at the University of Embu, ECPDA Chairperson Dr. Josephine Kibaru Mbae said they will be targeting students who failed to attain grade c+ for entry into universities.
Dr. Kibaru noted that these students experience hard time in the process of registration for lack of knowledge concerning TVET and process of registration.
The chairperson, who was speaking at University of Embu during a bonding session further observed that the association has areas of operation including bonding sessions for the professionals and multi-sectoral clinics where education is given the first priority.
She said the ECPDA has been visiting local primary and secondary schools across the county for mentorship programs, where alumni from those schools encourage students and give them hope.
The chairperson said through the mentorship program, the county has seen increase in candidates going to universities and also improvement in quality of grade, noting that when they initially started in 2018, only one student had an A plain, though in the 2020 KCSE some 15 candidates achieved the top grade.
The ECPDA also organizes multi-sectoral clinics where members of public meet with different professionals for advice and guidance especially concerning emotive land issues.
She said the association is partnering with University of Embu on the mentorship programs and also establishment of school of engineering.
The Vice Chancellor of University of Embu Prof. Daniel Mugendi said the progress for establishing the school of Engineering is at an advanced stage and was only awaiting approval by Council of University Education (CUE).
He said the university was expecting to enroll the first cohort of engineering students at the end of this year, adding that they will continue to collaborate with the professionals in assisting and inspiring the students.
By Kimani Tirus