Busia County Government will address a myriad challenges facing the 25 Vocational Training Centres across the county, Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi has revealed.
Addressing the Center managers during a meeting at Busia Agricultural Training Center on Wednesday, the Deputy Governor said among the challenges they are going to address includes , lifting the face of the tertiary institutions and replacement of management of Boards.
Others are branding of the institutions, managers terms of employment , pending salaries, improving of the students enrollment and looking at how future the trainings can be undertaken without any problem .
The DG said vocational training centres are important to the youth in this county and the country at large due to lack of qualified technicians .
“To achieve vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda, we need to make sure VTCs are working well and are fully equipped, ” he said, adding that it is part of Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s legacy to equip these institutions to enable them produce qualified personnel .
Mulomi said the National Government will avail Sh61m in the next financial to help equip our Vocational Training Centres, adding that the County Government has also set aside Sh14m to equip the VTCs.
He said the Vocational Bill will soon be taken to the county assembly for implementations to help in the running of the tertiary institutions. This will help the youth go through certificate Diploma and degree programs.
Busia County Executive Committee Member for Education and Vocational Training John Mwami said the department convened the meeting after visiting several Centres across the county.
” We saw the challenges the managers of these centres were facing, thus prompting us to call the meeting. Some centres lack electricity while insecurity in some centres led to some equipments we purchased vandalized,” he said.
Among those in attendance included Education chief officers Daniel Mogoria and Lydia Nabwire, Directors Bernard Onunga and Leonard Opollo.
Chief Officer for Vocational Training Daniel Mogoria said the County Government is planning to set up model VTCs . ” We have set aside Sh1,170,000 to rebrand all VTCs and to improve services of managers.” he said.