Serving as the Principal of the Kisumu National Polytechnic is the highlight of my career, the institution is quite dynamic and very illustrious. I have worked with some of the best team players in the sector and made remarkable improvements to one of the oldest tertiary institutions in the region.
My role as the Principal is to steer the institution to greater heights by providing quality leadership and management. Our core mandate as a learning institution is in academics, consequently I have the responsibility to provide an enabling environment for students to pursue their academic goals and graduate with credible certificates.
The achievements we have made together with our stakeholders; the governing council, administration, staff and students is because of the creation of a favorable setting to deliver our objectives and achieve our goals. The strength of this polytechnic is in the teamwork we apply. The ISO 9001:2008 certification and recertification of the institution in October 2016 has been critical in helping the team understand the need for diligence in their work.
As we pursue targets, we also need to have prudent financial management and enforcement of fees collection from students to enable us effectively manage the institution. Our stakeholders have been supportive and I thank them and encourage more to collaborate with us, especially to support our needy students. We urge the learners to take Higher Education loans (HELB) and apply for bursaries from their respective counties and constituencies because this has and will minimize dropouts.
HELB has allocated about Sh500 million for TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training students), however, uptake is slow and we urge HELB to review how they disburse the loan to increase the number of beneficiaries.
I would like to ask the public to change its perception of technical education. This sector provides skills required in industries and graduates are not only employable but also create employment opportunities. The assumption that all children should go to university should change, most students who start their careers with polytechnic diplomas proceed to do higher degrees later and are very progressive.
To motivate students, I regularly interact with them and encourage them to pursue their academic goals and talents to become all rounded. In the tradition of the institution, my communication lines are open and I operate an open door policy for the exchange of ideas by staff and students. We also organize departmental feedback forums where we receive constructive criticism.
I would like to encourage the potential students and their parents to join the Kisumu National Polytechnic, because here they will realize their dreams and they can start from the lowest level of the academic ladder and rise to unimaginable heights.
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