Kitui Governor increases TVET budget allocation from KSh17 million to KSh25 million

Kitui Governor Dr Julius Makau Malombe, during the celebration of 100 years of TVET existence in the country at Mulango Vocational Training Centre. Photos by Boniface Muli

Kitui Governor Dr Julius Makau Malombe has announced announced that his government had increased the budget allocation for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the county from KSh17 million to KSh25 million.

Kenya is celebrating 100 years of the TVET programmes existence in the country. Kitui County is one of the Kenya’s 47 counties and on Thursday, July 4, 2024 it celebrated the 100 years of the existence of the TVET programmes in Kenya.

The event took place at the Mulango Vocational Training Centre, Katulani District where Dr Malombe was chief guest. The event had been organised by the County Education, Training and Skills Development Ministry.

In his remarks, Governor Malombe emphasized the transformative power of the vocational skills education. He underscored that the education extends beyond textbooks and that the future belongs to those who learn diverse skills and leverage on them to make a tangible impact on their lives.

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The governor outlined his administration’s efforts to bolster the vocational skills training in Kitui.

“The introduction of the Pro-Poor Support Programme by the Kitui administration is for supporting the underprivileged students in the county,” Dr Malombe said.

He also announced that the county government had expanded the managements of all the county’s 56 vocational training centres.

The 56 learning institutions have an enrolment of over 7,000 students.

Kitui Governor Dr Julius Makau Malombe has increased budget allocation for TVET institutions.

The TVET programmes were established in Kenya in 1924 by the country’s colonial government. Kenya was a British colony in 1920 to 1963. The Mulango Vocational Training Centre is one of the national polytechnics in Kenya.

The learning institution, formerly the Mulango Youth Polytechnic, was started in 1973 by the Mulango Location community.

The Kitui County has the Kenya’s largest number of the vocational training centres. Governor called upon all the stakeholders to support the county’s vocational training centres towards enabling more young people to acquire valuable skills.

The governor officially launched the TVET 100 years initiative in the county. He ignited the centenary torch symbolising the vital role the TVET institutions play in equipping the young people with marketable practical skills.

Present included some county ministers, county ministries chief officers and the local vocational training centres managers.

By Bonifac Mulu

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