The department of science and technology will set aside 10 million in the next financial year towards development of Maturu Technical Training Institute in Lugari constituency.
This was disclosed by Lugari MP, Ayub Savula, when he addressed residents of Luandeti location and staff from Sigalala National Polytechnic at Maturu TTI.
The Sigalala team, which comprised of both teaching and non-teaching staff, was on a fact finding mission on viability of the proposed sight for Maturu Technical Training Institute before signing a memorandum of understanding and setting up a mentorship programme.
“The Science and Technology Permanent Secretary, Prof Colleta Suda, confirmed to me the ministry of education, science and technology has already factored Ksh. 10 million in this year’s budget towards development of our Maturu TTI,” revealed Savula.
The MP urged area residents and his constituents in general to embrace the college, saying technical training institutes have become key drivers of industrial and agricultural development the world over.
“Unlike our universities, the kind of teaching in TTIs is purely skill based and hands-on,” observed Savula.
“Developing countries like China, Indonesia and Singapore heavily invested in technical education and that is the main reason they are currently competing with developed giants like America and Germany,” added Savula.
The MP hailed the Jubilee government for pumping a lot of funds in the technical training subsector of education.
“The number of TTI’s has shot up within the short period President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have been in power,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of the Sigalala delegation, Mr. Lomolo Chanzu, who’s the Institute’s Deputy Principal, revealed the institute will mount all her current technical programmes at Maturu TTI.
“During our mentorship period here, we will mount all programmes taught at Sigalagala, including entrepreneurship and human resource development, information communication technology, mechanical and automotive engineering, library and information science and
institutional management,” pointed out Chanzu.
With the institute set to officially open its doors in September this year, Lugari Constituency Office Manager, Mr. Boaz Bulimu, appealed to interested youths to apply for programmes of choice which will be taught at certificate and diploma levels.