The Kisumu National Polytechnic celebrated its eighth-graduation ceremony at a colourful event presided over by the Kenya National Examination Council chairman Prof. George Magoha on Friday March 2, 2018 at the institution’s grounds.

More than 2000 students from 10 departments graduated with Higher National Diplomas, Diplomas and certificates in various technical and business fields. The graduation ceremony is a culmination of years of study under the tutelage of an experienced team of academic staff with the support of the administration of the institution.

“Of the more than 300 institutions I have visited across the world, this polytechnic is as good as the best of them in terms of the equipment, training facilities and resources you have,” said Professor Magoha. The Chief guest criticized the conversion of technical institutions into universities, saying that this could lead to an imbalance in the number of technicians that the economy requires, “Kenya could end up with too many consultants and senior engineers without the necessary technicians to support their work … the craze to have all students study in universities is utter nonsense, it deprives the society of the most needed skills,” he said.

Chief Principal Mrs Joyce Nyanjom hosted the ceremony that was attended by various guests including the director Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Dr Meshack Opwora, the Council Chair Engineer Peter Okaka and council members, County woman representative Rosa Buyu and Kisumu County Education minister Dr John Obiero Ogone who represented Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o. The Creative Arts Club, modern dance troupe, choir and other clubs kept the congregation entertained with well-choreographed performances showcasing their talent.

TVET director Dr Meshak Opwora echoed Prof Magoha’s sentiments saying, “TVET is the future of this country and, our focus is to ensure equity, gender considerations and delivery of competency-based curriculum to train and equip our future leaders with skills for self-reliance”. Professor Magoha also lauded the institution for the initiative to establish the Open Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL) which is focused on delivering competency-based courses that impart skills applicable in industry. He encouraged the graduands to maintain high integrity as they enter the job market.


The institution’s success can be attributed to support from various stakeholders including the Ministry of Education, the World Bank, Canadian Institutes and Colleges; local industries and institutions.” TVET programs are expensive to run and I must thank our parents for the financial support and our partners too, their contribution has been immense,” Prof Okaka said.

Mrs Nyanjom congratulated the graduands for their excellence and encouraged them to remain focused, “I am confident that you have been well equipped with skills and are ready for the job market. This success should be celebrated by all those who contributed to it, the parents, guardians and sponsors. The cordial relationship that we have had with our stakeholders and community cannot be underscored. I’m grateful to you all for your support,” she said.

For many graduates the end of the academic journey marks the beginning of an exciting future working in industries equipped with the power to deliver.

TKNP has witnessed tremendous growth in the recent past in infrastructure, with student numbers soaring beyond 5,000; who are pursuing over 50 diploma and 46 certificate courses. The population is supported by a total of 189 trainers, comprising of 139 and 50 TSC and Governing Council recruited staff respectively.

The 10 departments of the polytechnic include Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Maths Computer, Building and Civil Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Applied Sciences, Institutional Management, Liberal Studies, Entrepreneurship and the Business department. The departments deliver courses through conventional classrooms, Open Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL) and practical sessions.


Students from the Building department trounced rivals to top the standings at the annual interdepartmental sports competition which took place at the TKNP sports grounds on Friday, February 23, 2018. Competitors from various departments turned up in large numbers to participate in the event that also served as try-outs for the forthcoming KETISA games.

Sports Officer Mr. Ongwacho, presided over the events with other staff members providing support.

Contestants in Short, Mid and long-distance races as well as Discuss, Short Put, Triple Jump, Hammers, High Jump and Javelin battled it out for the top three slots that will qualify them to participate in the try outs. This year’s events saw a reduction in competitors despite a rise in the number of participants and spectators due to scheduling of the events on a week day.

The forthcoming KETISA games that will be held in late March at the Mombasa National Polytechnic where TKNP will field its team. “In the races we will concentrate on the short and mid distance contests (800m and less), and focus on field events such as Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball and others. Prepare yourselves well for this”, said Mr. Ongwacho.

The staff also had a chance to showcase their prowess with a 100m sprint. Dean of Students Lucy Khoja closed the ceremony on behalf of the Chief Principal Mrs. Joyce Nyanjom who sent apologies due to other official engagements.  Below is the performance charts. For more information kindly visit the Sports Department.


1. Building 186
2. Institutional management 124
3. Business 101
4. Electrical 97
5. Applied science 93
6. Entrepreneurship 83
7. Maths Computer 47
8. Liberal 33
9. Automotive 23
10. Mechanical 15



1. 100 meters Hercules Osaka Hilda Phiona
2. 110 meters hurdles Evans Were Consolata Dorine
3. 200 meters Hercules Osaka Hilda Phiona
4. 400 meters Nicholas Odago Connie Kemunto
5. 400 meters hurdles Enock Omari Nyakina Jude
6. 800 meters Edwin Lang’at Susan Nyamboga
7. 1500 meters Movine Oginga Susan Nyamboga
8. 5,000 walking race Troon Odhiambo Benta Awuor
9. 5000 meters James Mitema Susan Nyamboga
10. 10,000 meters Joseph Ondiek Cynthia Napeyor
11. 4 x 100 meters relay Bonde Mise Hilda Phiona
12. 4 x 400 meters relay   Oluoch Beatrice
13. Discuss Japheth Odhiambo Outa Margaret
14. Short Put Fanuel Odoyo Mukhwana Centrine
15. Triple Jump Dominic Koech Mary Awuor
16. Hammers Felix Waore Mukhwana Centrine
17. High Jump Edwin Lang’at Cherutich Patience
18. Javelin Martin Shikuku Marceline Oriao
19. Long Jump Emmanuel Ochara Hilda Phiona


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