TVET BOSS VISITS KISUMU POLYTECHNIC TO SHARE BLUEPRINT

TVET BOSS VISITS KISUMU POLYTECHNIC TO SHARE BLUEPRINT

The Kisumu National Polytechnic was privileged to host Principal Secretary in the State department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Dr Kevit Desai who visited the institution and met with leaders and stakeholders to share his plans for the TVET industry.

During the meeting Dr Desai requested industry stakeholders to partner with technical institutions in curriculum development to produce students with skills that would give them the competency necessary to deliver as expected, “when we partner with industry and incorporate their skills demands in the curriculum, it significantly reduces the duration fresh graduates have to adapt to work” Said Desai.

The PS explained that his remarks were a response to concern of industry players on the duration it took TVET graduates to adapt to industry and work independently, “they have to retrain them to use these machines. The gap can be filled by working closely with industry to understand their needs and accommodate these in the curriculum development process,” he said.

Dr Desai’s visit coincided with the National TVET fair for Science, Technology Innovations for Sustainable Developmentand Robotics contest where various qualifying institutions from the regional clusters came together to compete and share skills. Among those that participated were technical institutions from Western, Eastern, Nairobi and Coast. The Kisumu National Polytechnic exhibited its best innovations from the Liberal studies, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments to represent the Western region.

TKNP is among the two TVET institutions that the PS visited in the region to share views together with industry players and get a grassroots view after he recently joined the Ministry. Dr Desai holds a PhD in Robotics Control Systems Engineering from Shibarura Institute of Technology (SIT) Japan.

TKNP Chief Principal Joyce Nyanjom explained that the institution has already engaged industry players and visited them to assess their skill-requirements in order to understand the skills gap, “We have brought on board Equator Bottlers, Kibos Sugar and even Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company and hope to build a strong working relationship in support of the competency based training and in curriculum development”, she said.

Mrs Nyanjom appreciated the PS for choosing TKNP as an institution of excellence to share his views, industry partners for attending the meeting and the council members for their continued support and cooperation in the development of the institution.

In attendance were local industry players, entrepreneurs, the Governing Council and the staff of TKNP. Present at the meeting and representing the industry was Kibos Sugar Factory Managing Director Peeyush Kotia who welcomed the initiative and commended the Ministry and the institutions for the move to develop a competency- based curriculum. “We appreciate the efforts to involve industry in curriculum development, this shall reduce our training costs and improve the absorption rate of the graduates in these courses,” he said.

Dr Desai crowned his tour by touring the institution and visiting the robotics contest where various institutions showcased their mastery in the creation of robots according the year’s theme: Disaster Operation recovery Process. The institutions were to create robots to help in disaster mitigation and management , “ The robots are programmed to handle the rescue mission efficiently by detecting and moving along a path, clearing objects and finally evacuating the casualties,” explained Mr Ochieng Odek,  the Robotic Contest Coordinator who is also the Research and Development Coordinator for TKNP.


KISUMU POLY HOSTS 24TH EDITION OF KETISA GAMES

The Kisumu National Polytechnic recently hosted the 24th annual athletics, rugby and soccer championships organized under the Kenya Technical Institutions Sports Association (KETISA)

The theme for this year’s sports gala was reducing drug abuse and HIV/AIDS through sports. “Sports activities keep students engaged in constructive tasks and keeps them healthy in the mind and body” said Mr. Ongwacho, sports Officer TKNP. The four-day event began on March 28, 2018 and ended on March 31 attracting twenty technical institutions from across the country with all the regions well represented. TKNP posted a good performance despite the prowess from rivals and emerged a repectable position six out of the 20 teams while Eldoret National Polytechnic won the trophy for the best team overall.  Teams excelled in the various categories; Sigalagala National Polytechnic emerged winners in Rugby men, Kitale National Polytechnic won the men’s floorball while Eldoret Poly won the women’s floorball, athletics and Soccer ladies thus becoming the KETISA games 2018 champions.

Some of the institutions represented at the event included the ten national polytechnics led by the Kisumu National Polytechnic, the National Youth Service, the Railways Institute, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, Kenya Waster institute and others. The women’s soccer and rugby events attracted spectators with the teams that made it to the finals appreciated for a good show of talent and skill “Women soccer is a popular game  and has a chance to attract more skilled players, we need to increase our enrolments to have more people participate in the game as we help our students to hone their skills in sports” said County TVET director Mr Ocharo in his closing remarks.

In her opening address TKNP Chief Principal Joyce Nyanjom welcomed all the participants to the event, “I welcome all the distinguished guests and all the participating teams to this year’s championships and to our beautiful city. When time allows please explore the new opportunities and enjoy,” she said.

The national and local organizing committee delivered on its mandate with TKNP’s environmental team keeping the sports fields clean by constantly clearing litter, “the event taking place today is as a result of a year of preparation, and this is evident in the manner in which the planning and execution has been done. I must appreciate the Principal and host who is also the KETISA chair Madam Joyce for the good job”, said Mr Akach. TVET County director Mr Ocharo, reaffirmed the statement saying “sports is source of livelihood today and a very big industry…our coaches should nurture the talent identified in the students by coaching them well to participate in bigger teams and join professional teams”. Besides fulfilling the official theme, this sports event is an opportunity to tour the region and mingle. We encourage you to tour our region once you finish the games”. Said Mr Ocharo

KETISA Secretary General Mr Ngana congratulated the teams for their efforts while announcing the results. The National technical institutions’ sports festival is an annual event that rotates around technical institutions in all the counties and attracts participants around the whole country. TKNP’s   Joyce Nyanjom who is also the chairperson of the KETISA Governing Council welcomed teams from more than 10 counties to annual sports gala and extended an invitation for the guests to tour the city to appreciate its beauty.


BUSINESS DEPARTMENT RECEIVES BOOK DONATIONS

Business department of the Kisumu National Polytechnic fraternity received book donations from the Suba Resource Centre Director Dr Oseno and his Counterpart Dr Alala Ondiek both lecturers from Masinde Muliro University.

Mrs Nyanjom addresses the gathering

 

The event attended by Mrs Joyce Nyanjom, Chief Principal, Dr Charles Nyangara Registrar, Mr Samuel Oballah, HoD Entrepreneurship Studies department, lecturers and students from the department took place at the department meeting room in the college. The duo presented 10 copies of “The Conceptual Framework” a research handbook published by  Dr Alala and 20 copies of “The Internal Control Systems” a book which the author Dr Oseno described as “ very useful to the Cooperative Development Students as “ Cooperative movement contributes 45 percent of the Kenyan GDP, in Kenya one out of five people are in a cooperative organization of their choice.“ Kenya is doing so well especially in the agriculturally rich areas, our counterparts in other countries however have a ratio of 3:1 in involvement in Cooperative movement” he added.

While addressing the students Dr Alala took his time to underscore the need for research and that of the student to understand how to write good research proposals and papers. He took the students briefly through the research process and observed the need for a better understanding of research process “preparing a Conceptual framework in research can be challenging, and we hope this book shall help you as you write your research projects” Alala said.

Dr Alala gives a brief lecture on the importance of Research to the students

 

While receiving the gift, the chief Principal appreciated the philanthropy  by the two donors “ it is not everyday that we experience such kindness, our entrepreneurship department has lacked books on Cooperative movement for a long time and this is indeed  a good gesture” Nyanjom said, she also encouraged the locals to focus more on education adding that the Kisumu National Polytechnic  has grown over the years through concerted efforts from the students, staff and other collaborators as well as the Ministry. “do not waste time, gain what you can from your lecturers” she urged the scholars

The Chief Principal emphasized the need to join cooperative movement to hasten the development process “ while growing up as a young girl, my parents entrenched in me the importance of Cooperatives and urged me to join a Sacco, which I took seriously and I must say, Saccos have helped me achieve my personal development projects” Mrs Nyanjom said “ I urge you all my good students  to find an appropriate Sacco and join, do not wait” she reiterated.

Dr Oseno Presents copies of the Conceptual Framework books to Mrs Nyanom

“I wish to encourage the partnership we have with Masinde Muliro as a Universirty of Technology, they have supported us and we believe they shall continue to support us even as we plan to offer our degree programmes for which we have been mandated” the Principal added.

Suba Resource Centre, is a community-based organization within Suba District whose main objective is to enhance the community access to middle level colleges and other tertiary institutions “Some regions lack tertiary and middle level colleges and also lack information on how to gain access to such colleges, we play a linkage role and create awareness” Said Dr Oseno

The centre has also partnered with the African Development Bank that offers scholarships to students in tertiary colleges by playing the liaison role “last year we brought in some students, in September Intake we shall have about 300 students admitted to the Kisumu National Polytechnic” Oseno added.

“I would like to support the girl as well as the boy-child to dream hard and not be comfortable and content” Mrs Nyanjom concluded.


TKNP AND PARTNERS BEGIN NEW CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Faculty members from The Kisumu National Polytechnic and their partners from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) met with industry representatives from the region to initiate a skill-based curriculum development process.

Kisumu Poly and Partners from Canada tour KIWASCO

 

The meetings were held at partner organizations’ premises and involved seminars and plant tours for equipment familiarization and skills assessments. Later, boardroom meetings took place to demystify the expectations of skill-based training and build common ground on partners’ expected contribution to the project. Some of the industries visited included Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries, Chemelil Sugar, Equator Bottlers Limited and Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO).

Kibos Sugar

 

PARTNER COLLEGES

During the visit experts from the partner colleges including the Dean of School of Applied Science of Humber College Dr Farzad Rayegani, and his counterpart from Selkirk College Cory Drew, visited partner companies to assess their skill needs and the staff cadres required so as to factor them in the curriculum development

“To be successful in this program we have to partner with you as industry and understand your needs, because essentially, we train for you” said TKNP research coordinator Ochieng Odek who set the tone for the meetings. Mr Drew demystified the partnership by clarifying its levels, “the levels of partnership are in three categories, the overall partnership where engineers would be involved in managing students’ projects and the other two aspects that involve programme development and training in automation and process programming”. He further explained the necessity of developing a working document for plant operations that includes Standard Operating Procedures for all processes, “In Canada we have the students develop the SOPs and identify tasks which they must perform to qualify for grades, this ensures quality is maintained,” he said.

Equator Bottlers

The industry partners showed eagerness to participate in the project that would see training institutions meet their direct staff needs especially plant and production operators as well as engineers, minimizing internal staff training costs, “we don’t need artisans at equator bottles. Our needs would be better served by diploma-level trainees and higher qualifications”, said Equator Bottlers Plant Maintenance Engineer Dickson Ogolla. The meetings also served as feedback sessions where industry partners shared the knowledge gaps they had observed on interns from technical institutions, “ in the curriculum you should consider introducing aspects such as instrumentation, pneumatic and hydraulic systems while emphasizing report writing skills,” he added.

Chemelil Sugar

Senior management at Kibos including Peeyush Kotia and Vimalendu Satyam were enthusiastic about the partnership and were quick to identify areas of collaboration, “This is a good program because we participate in developing students to become our potential workers,” Mr Satyam explained. The tour helped to understand the equipment used at the factory and the technology applied by the industry. The managers described their needs for specific cadres of staff they employ with Mr Satyam adding that Engineering in their perspective consisted of operational, maintenance and knowledge in specialized/product-based engineering thus making Sugar Engineering Technology appropriate. “Industry partnerships are like a prolonged interview where employers get to assess a potential employee’s skills before actual employment. The partnership allows sharing of resources and skills with industry” added Mr Drew.

 

SUCCESS STORIES

The Canadians shared success stories, giving practical and graphic examples of how student initiated projects under the leadership of senior engineers and lectures have been flourished, “Internships are just one way of developing skills. Another good way is to have students work on projects with industry that help them solve real problems, not theoretical ones. These partnerships offer the support of experienced engineers and lecturers at no cost to the industry,” Dr Farzad explained.

To enrich the students’ experience a few were taken on the tour to have a feel of the planned partnership of which their feedback was positive, “I have greatly benefited from this tour as a student of Mechanical engineering, interacting with senior engineers and getting first-hand information from the plant is unforgettable,” said Lucy. “From the meetings and facility tours, my observation is that the basic components are the same and constitute about 80 per cent, the other 20 per cent can be complemented through in-plant industry training and student projects,” Dr Farzad observed.

The sessions were a follow-up to partnership orientation seminars and benchmarking meetings between local institutions and their Canadian partners last year. In June 2017 TKNP hosted the Western cluster of national polytechnics and their Canadian counterparts during an orientation seminar that commenced the institutional partnerships. Project staff from TKNP with Principal Joyce Nyajom in the lead followed up with a benchmarking trip to Canada, “The visit gave perspective to the partnership we have engaged in, we learnt a lot as an institution which we shall transfer for the benefit of the polytechnic” said Registrar Dr Charles Nyangara.

The partnership that seeks to develop competency-based programs in the energy and agricultural sectors in the ten Kenyan national polytechnics is an initiative of the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP), the Ministry of Education and the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).   It will run for three years between September 2017 and August 2020 with the aim of training and graduating 1200 students from technical institutions. TKNP will compile the outcomes which will inform the next phase of the project.


TKNP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

The Kisumu National Polytechnic concluded its maiden International Conference that was packed with scientific presentations from scores of scholars drawn from local and international institutions. Dr Meshack Opwora, the director of Technical and Vocational Educational and Training represented Dr Kevit Desai, PS State department of Vocational and Technical Training at the Ministry of Education who was scheduled to officiate over the ceremony.

Speakers at the Conference titled ‘Science, Technology and Innovations, for Wealth Creation and sustainable development’ included Prof Shem Wandiga, an academician, Managing Trustee of Centre for Science and Technology Innovations, a UNESCO associated Centre and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nairobi and Dr Farzad Rayegani, Dean of the School of Applied Technology Humber College, Canada. Humber College is a TKNP partner in the Kenya Education for Employment (KEFEP) program in association with the Canadian Institutions and Colleges (CICan).

Prof. Wandiga during his address at the conference

 

Amb Mohammed underscored the need for sustainable innovations that create wealth, adding that the ministry had embarked on rolling out competency-based training in partnership with stakeholders such as industry, business and the community. “I urge the polytechnic leadership to regularly review their training programmes to ensure they are relevant to the labour market and meet society’s needs.” Amb Mohammed added in her message that an increased focus on research and innovations within the polytechnics is necessary to contribute to national development because such research should translate into conference papers and publications in peer-reviewed journals which contribute to development.

In his address Prof Wandinga observed that climate change had affected the lifestyles of human beings, Meteorologists should explain concepts in a simple way that people understand so that farmers can start associating seasons with activities”, he said. He went on to explain that climate change was evident in weather patterns “We no longer experience short rains in the months we expect them and farmers can’t predict and plan.

Dr Rayegani lauded the Education Ministry’s support in providing equipment to enable competitive training of students and industry support in offering internships for hands-on skills to learning. “The polytechnic should continue training for industries and this can only be possible through partnerships that allow institutions to understand industry requirements and develop curriculums based on industry needs … We involve industry players in aspects such as curriculum development and train students to provide solutions which opens up avenues for absorption during work opportunities,” Dr Rayegani said.

TKNP Leadership and Guest Speaker enjoy the presentations

 

TVET Authority Director General Dr Kipkirui Lang’at and TVET County Director Lucas Ocharo were among education officials who graced the occasion. Presenters kept the audience glued to their seats with their engaging papers. ”We are pleased by the quality of presentations we have witnessed this year. We received more papers than we actually anticipated,” said Ochieng Odek, the Research and Innovations coordinator at TKNP.

In his closing remark Mr Ocharo noted that while research ideas existed and some were well documented, low funding is a major challenge, “the funders support only ideas that favour their interest and not the general public or the public good.” He urged students and other innovators to continue generating ideas on Science and Technology for wealth creation despite these obstacles. “The government will always fund proposals aligned to its strategic plans, those that support the four pillars of the Vision 2030” he said.

“From the feedback we have received so far in form of comments from participants, we should think of setting up clinics that have experts training on research and paper presentation skills, to improve the quality of presentations we make,” TKNP Chief Principal Joyce Nyanjom said.


KISUMU POLY TRIUMPHS AT TVET REGIONAL FAIR

Kisumu Polytechnic triumphed over 21 institutions to win the trophy for the best institution at the Technical, Vocational Education and Training Western regional innovation contest that the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutes organized in Kisumu County.

TKNP Eco-Homestead Demonstration

 

TVET Kisumu County director Lucas Ocharo officiated over the three-day event that Kisumu County government officials, guests and principals of from various technical institutions attended.

TKNP won five trophies in total (best institution, two runners-up and two second runners-up trophies with three projects ranked fourth). Some of the winning projects included; the Automotive Engineering departments’ water hyacinth harvester that gathers the weeds for usage in creation of beds, bags, seats, manure, etc. Another innovation was paper pulp made from waste paper and hyacinth and energy provision briquettes made from rice husks and other waste materials as an environmentally safe energy source used for cooking.

In his address the Mr Ocharo emphasized the need to inculcate a culture of research and innovation among students pursuing different courses in TVET institutions, “Vision 2030 recognizes the role played by research, development and innovation in accelerating economic development in all the industrializing countries of the world”, he said.

TKNP’s Applied Sciences department also developed an innovative cooking stove known as ‘Jiko Stima’ whose heat generates electricity used in lighting. “This innovation is actually ready for sale, if you take this ‘Jiko Stima’ to the market it would sell like hot cakes” said TVET County Director Mr Ocharo. Another captivating innovation was the hand operated mini plough that sows seeds as it cultivates.

TKNP Water Hyacinth Harverster

 

The three day TVET fair under the theme ‘Research, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development’ attracted 21 institutions including national polytechnics, Technical Training institutions, and Institutes of Technology and Technical & Vocational Training institutions from across the region. The annual event that enables students from various institutions to showcase their innovations and compete against peers attracted many attendees, a sign that Kenyans are developing a keen interest in technical and vocational education.

Contestants displayed great competence evidenced in the exhibits presented by different institutions. Judges had a difficult time determining the winning exhibits that would proceed to the National Science Contest in April this year. They graded exhibits on the basis of their resonance with the theme, level of creativity and innovation, its applicability in real life, aesthetic value and functionality. The judges also considered whether exhibitors registered their creative idea.

TKNP Awarded Trophy for Most Innovative Institution

 

Regional TVET fairs take place across the country and winning items proceed to compete during the annual science week that the National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI) organizes annually.


KISUMU NATIONAL POLYTECHNIC MARKS 8TH GRADUATION CEREMONY

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.


BUILDING DEPARTMENT SLAYS RIVALS IN SPORTS DAY CLASH

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.

 

  DEPARTMENT POINTS
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

 

TOP PERFORMERS IN THE VARIOUS RACES

  EVENT MALE FEMALE
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

 


GRADUATION PREPARATIONS IN TOP GEAR

The Kisumu National Polytechnic (TKNP) is a beehive of activity as the preparation for the eighth graduation ceremony turn into the final stretch. Over 1500 graduates will receive diplomas on the occasion scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Polytechnic grounds.

Registration for graduation is ongoing with several students trickling into the examinations department to collect or return graduations forms ahead of the ceremony. TKNP has also planned a rehearsal exercise before the event to ensure students are familiar with the process.

TKNP-Graduation-Preparation – Gowns being Prepared

Examinations Officer Mr. Nyabwanda described his department’s role: “The students should fill the Graduation Registration forms available at the Examinations Office and return them to us by February 16, 2018”. The forms are also available on the institution’s website and should be surrendered with evidence of graduation fees payment.

The registrar Dr. Charles Nyang’ara called on the graduates to pay the Sh2000 graduation fees by February 16, 2016 in the institutions accounts at Kenya Commercial Bank and Cooperative Bank of Kenya “the graduates must have cleared their school fees to receive certification”, said Dr Nyang’ara.

One of the on-going activities is the design of graduation gowns that students will wear on the occasion. They will be available for hire at the polytechnic from February 26, with students expected to return them by March 7. “The institution is committed to not only awarding the students their certificates, but also ensuring that their graduation attire befits the national polytechnic’s stature”, said Mrs. Joyce Nyanjom, the Principal.

The graduation ceremony is a culmination of training programs that students have undertaken in diverse fields and successfully completed. The institution will be releasing graduates from 10 departments including Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering Applied Sciences, Information Communication and Technology, Hospitality, Business, Liberal Studies, Entrepreneurship and Business studies.

Kisumu National Polytechnic ranks among the ten national polytechnics that are in the process of transitioning from the Ministry of Education domicile to Technical, Vocational Education, and Training (TVET). The transition efforts are evident in the local and international partnerships that TKNP has activated in recent times. One such collaboration is with Canadian Institutes and Colleges and Kenya Education for Employment that the institution has recently engaged for the students’ benefit.

For further enquiries, use the following contacts:

Examination’s Office – exams@kisumupoly.ac.ke

Office of the Registrar – registrar@kisumupoly.ac.ke


TKNP HOSTS CANADIAN PARTNERSHIP ORIENTATION PROGRAM

The Kisumu National Polytechnic hosted the Western cluster of Kenya national polytechnics and their Canadian counterparts during an orientation seminar that commenced the institutional partnership on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP), Ministry of Education and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) organized the event. Through the program, KEFEP will support partnerships with ten Kenyan institutions to design and deliver modularized, gender-sensitive, competency-based programs in the energy and agricultural sectors.

TKNP-Canadian-Partnership-Participants
TKNP Canadian Partnership Participants

In attendance were leaders of various institutions led by KEFEP representatives Moritz Shmidt (Senior Technical Advisor/CICan representative), Catherine Paquin (Senior Program Officer), Mr Athanus Mokaya, Chief Principal at Kisii National Polytechnic, Ms Emily Maina, Deputy Director, Ministry of Education and Kisumu National Polytechnic Principal Mrs Joyce Nyanjom who was host.

TKNP-Canadian-Partnership-Principal-Nyanjom
Principal Nyanjom and Senior Program Manager Catherine Paquin at the KEFEP Partnership Orientation

The program is structured to build capacity of Kenya’s technical and vocational training institutions and agencies to aid employment and job creation for graduates. In line with the Ministry of Education priority of providing education guided by the principles of access, equity, equality and relevance, the Kenyan government through the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training shall work closely with partner institutions, members of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and ten local technical colleges, to deliver the objectives.

Canadian Partners follow in on the presentations
Canadian Partners follow in on the presentations

The KEFEP program involves a three-year partnership to be implemented between September 2017 and August 2020 to result in the training and graduation of 1200 female and male students from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses in the energy and agricultural sectors.

Mr. Okumu, Deputy Principal Administration at the KEFEP Partnership Orientation
Experts from Kenya and Canada follow the presentations

Kenyan institutional partners including representatives from the Ministry of Education, TVET Authority, Curriculum Development, Assessment and Certification Council (CDACC) developed the institutional partnerships before selecting the Canadian partners based on a competitive procedure to ensure that they will meet the terms of reference and expectations of the project.

In Kenya, the TVET Act of 2013 created national polytechnics thus necessitating a widening of mandate. Subsequently, in 2014 the Cabinet Secretary for Science and Technology promulgated the Kisumu National Polytechnic (TKNP) Order which contained and outlined this wider mandate. TKNP forms part of the W  estern cluster of polytechnics that also includes Kisii and Sigalagala National Polytechnics. The Canadian college partners include Humber College which is the lead partner, Durham College, Victoria Island University and Selkirk College.

Each polytechnic will have a direct partnership with a Canadian institution on specific areas that to be identified in collaboration with industry and local communities then implemented according to the work plan. The local institutions will also benefit from Canadian funding for applied research projects, equipment and support through trainings and consultancies.

KEFEP Senior Technical Advisor Moritz Shmidt plants a tree after the workshop

To maximize the project impact for remote populations, the partners will have mentorship programs with the smaller vocational training institutions such as the Youth Polytechnics. The mentees and institutional staff shall also benefit from trainings, hence spreading the trickle-down effect.

The partnership drawing from the expertise of both the Canadian and Kenyan colleges and institutes allows an exchange of knowledge on a wide range of institutional practices, policies and procedures and provides the foundation for developing and implementing the new CBET programs.

Group photo of the participants after the KEFEP Partnership Orientation workshop.

The team will soon conclude a work plan to guide its schedule and kick-start the actual training. At the end of the project period in August 2020, it is projected that the ultimate outcome will be increased economic opportunities for graduates from TVET institutions in Kenya and for the Kisumu National Polytechnic as well.


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