By Dennis Bett and
Kaiboi Technical Training Institute (KTTI) recently proved to be the Rift Valley Technical Education Champions after they shone, becoming the best in almost all the awards given during the Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) exhibitions and Trade fairs held in Kapsabet Town. The event was officially flagged off by Deputy Governor Nandi County, Mr Dominic Biwott.
The institution came out the best in various exhibitions including Automatic Poultry Drinker innovation under category of Building/Civil Engineering, Domestic Soap Maker in the category of Mechanical/Automotive/Agricultural Engineering and Improved Raised Wire mesh Poultry House in the category of Applied Science/General Agriculture and finally, became third in ICT and Entrepreneurship, out of the 12 exhibitors within the Rift Valley region.
The contestants included Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI), Eldoret National Polytechnic, Aldai Technical Institute, Kitale National Polytechnic,Ollesos Technical Institute, Baringo Technical College,Ziwa Technical Institute, Emining Technical Institute, Bureti Technical Institute, Sot Technical Institute and Koshin Technical Training which recently started its operations.
It was song, dance and ululations for Kaiboi Technical Training Institute students and staff during closing ceremony when the Chief Guest who is Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, and Samburu Counties TVET Director, Mr. Michael Rugut, announced that the institution had won majority of the trophies, hence a clear indication of continuous success.
Rugut congratulated the premier institution for proving that they can offer the necessary training in all fields ranging from Engineering to Science courses.
This is not the first time that Kaiboi TTI is participating in such events, since in 2015 it managed to open a new frontier in promoting knowledge creation amongst the North-Rift farming community-this is through hosting the annual open agricultural exhibitions.
The open day which was also attended by fish farmers as well as firms dealing in aquatic technology, was organized by Kaiboi TTI in partnership with the Nandi County Government’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
The theme of the expo, attended by over 1,000 farmers from all parts of the agriculturally rich North Rift region and beyond was: “Technology Transfer for Economic Empowerment and Food Security.”
Other sponsors of the event were Boresha Sacco, Equity Bank, Technoserve, University of Eldoret, Kenya Seed Company and the Directorate of Fisheries of Kakamega and Uasin-Gishu Counties.
The Chief Guest during the expo was Prof. Philip Raburu, the Head of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Eldoret.
Others in attendance included Hon Stephen Bittok, MP for Mosop constituency and senior officers at the Nandi County.
“We are encouraging more farmers and students who may be interested in venturing into farming, to attend such forums as a way of improving their knowledge and skills,” said Charles Koech- Kaiboi TTI Principal.
Kaiboi TTI has also been active in hosting academic exhibitions. For instance, it recently participated in the Rift Valley TVET fairs cum exhibition held in Bomet County. During this event, Kaiboi TTI had 10 entries including Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Business, Applied Science and General Agriculture, Mechanical Auto-motive and Agricultural Engineering, Electric and Electronic Engineering as well as Building and Civil Engineering.
Located in Mosop Constituency, Nandi County, KTTI has over the years continued to churn out quality professionals in the technical sectors to meet industry demands.
KTTI has evolved from a trade school established by Roman Catholic missionaries in 1962 to what it is today. The Government took it over in 1969, elevating the institution to a national technical school and then to a Technical Training Institute status at the advent of 8-4-4 education system in 1986.
The Institute has rolled out modular TVET market-driven courses geared towards producing highly skilled labor required to achieve the country’s Vision 2030 targets.
Koech said Kaiboi TTI together with the ministry and other stakeholders has rolled out flexible programmes and courses that are competence based.
The institute is keen to realize its vision, ‘To be a World Class Model in provision of Quality and Relevant Training’.
It has thus put up an e-library, making it easy for students and staff to access reading materials relevant to their field of studies. Further, training via smart boards is offered in the newly constructed ICT Centre. The institute has also embraced a Quality Management System to monitor all its operations and this has resulted in improved service delivery.