Kisumu National Polytechnic’s Chief Principal, Catherine Kelonye, and Daystar Vice-Chancellor, Professor Laban Ayiro, have been honored at the Uongozi Career Awards by the Corporate Career Academy.
The awards ceremony, hosted at the Catholic University of East Africa, celebrated outstanding contributions in the field.
Kelonye, acclaimed as the Principal of the Year, expressed her surprise and delight at the recognition.
With a wealth of experience exceeding thirty years in both tertiary and basic education sectors, she has garnered praise for transformative initiatives at the national polytechnic, presently engaged in a significant project in textile technology.
Kelonye is known for her results-oriented approach, organizational acumen, and expertise in policies governing examinations, quality assurance, and curriculum development.
Holder of a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University, Kelonye’s passion lies in steering the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) agenda in Kenya.
Her overarching goal is to provide young people with opportunities to unlock their potential, enhancing employability prospects or encouraging entrepreneurship.
Professor Ayiro, previously the Vice-Chancellor of Moi University, was crowned Vice-Chancellor of the Year.
Acknowledged for transforming Daystar University into a leading institution, he expressed gratitude for the accolade.
Professor Ayiro’s tenure as the acting Vice-Chancellor at Moi University and subsequent leadership at Daystar University has been marked by numerous accolades and grants.
The Uongozi Career Awards, themed “Closing the Gap: A Decade of Investing in Youth Employability Skills in East Africa,” attracted stakeholders from the East African Community.
Notably, Optiven Limited secured second place in the “Best Employer of the Year” category. The Optiven Foundation, recognized as the second-best “Education Foundation of the Year,” demonstrated the company’s commitment to staff and education through its Education and Job Readiness pillar.
By Fredrick Odiero
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