By Polo Halisi.
Siaya County Director of Education (CDE), Masibo Kituyi (pictured), has told parents in the area not to shun taking their children to Tertiary Institutions, after they miss university admission.
The CDE said colleges and technical institutes were under enrolled, yet there were thousands of qualified youths whose parents should enroll them to get work skills.
“The situation is more critical now that fewer candidates were making it to university, following strict measures to curb cheating in national exams,” Mr. Kituyi said in an interview.
In the 2016 KCSE in Siaya County, only 20 per cent of the candidates scored C plus and above, as compared to 60 per cent in 2015.
“It is vital that majority, who would not join university, are given an opportunity to learn work skills for their future”, he said.
The low enrollment figures in tertiary institutions have been attributed to a notion that tertiary institutions, especially village polytechnics, are for failures. “But we have many examples of people who started at the institutions, then worked their way up to university”, he added.
Siaya County has two public Teacher Training Colleges (TTC), and one private; two Technical Institutes, three private ECDE colleges, three MTCs and 14 village polytechnics.