Failure by Education stakeholders in Embu County to be more proactive in marketing courses available in technical and vocational institutions has been blamed for the low enrollment of school leavers in these institutions.
Most prospective candidates, Education News has learned, did not seek placement by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) where they are guaranteed admission to the colleges.
Residents have also indicated their limited knowledge and access to information about courses in various institutions in the county, calling for the involvement of churches and chiefs in educating the school leavers.
“Marketing of the various courses should not target students alone, but parents and guardians should be part and parcel of the awareness campaigns,’’ said Peter Mwangi, a parent.
However, some claim that the youth themselves are to blame for their apathy towards the courses.
Majority, especially those who graduated before 2022, assume they could not be placed in various courses by KUCCPS, and that they do not qualify for government capitation and loans.
By Robert Nyagah
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