The Technical, Vocational, Education Director Dr. Meshack Opwora commissioned Mechanical Engineering equipment worth Sh130 million at the The Kisumu National Polytechnic yesterday.

The equipment includes lathe machines, moulding machines and other equipment. “I am happy to preside over the official commissioning of the modern mechanical engineering equipment here,” said Dr. Opwora, adding that the equipment is part of various machines that the Government of Kenya procured for Technical Training Institutions across the country at a cost of Sh16.7 billion.

“Modernization of equipment at the polytechnics will enhance vocational and technical training in order to equip Kenyans with skills to create employment opportunities. This is the best way to prepare the youth to compete effectively in the job market” Dr. Opwora added, saying the Ministry of Education is committed to mainstreaming technical and vocational training in its education systems to provide skilled manpower to meet the nation’s technological needs.

“As a Polytechnic we would like to assure you that the equipment commissioned today will facilitate acquisition of knowledge and skills that will prepare the trainees here to meet the challenges of life outside this institution. We will endeavour to utilize the equipment both for training and manufacturing,” said TKNP principal Joyce Nyanjom. She also pointed out the need for more equipment and additional learning facilities to match the increased enrollment rate at the institution, “We appreciate the support from the Ministry, however we also note that with the ever increasing student numbers the Polytechnic still experiences shortages of equipment especially in Building and Civil Engineering department,” said added

Dr. Opwora urged students to take advantage of the Government’s commitment to expanding technical education to get the necessary skills needed in the job market. “We cannot import skilled manpower working on important projects like the Standard Gauge Railway, geothermal energy, roads construction…because of shortage of artisans and technologists in the local market. Our students must understand that for them to succeed they require skills which are critical for personal progression and that of the country not a university degree,” he said.

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