Education Principal Secretary in the State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Dr. Julius Jwan yesterday lauded the Sigalagala National Polytechnic for achieving commendable progress in preparation for re-opening.

 During a tour of the institution to assess its readiness for reopening, the PS inspected major projects among them; handwashing units, learning spaces and assessed safety precautions. He commended the leadership of the institution for making significant progress in the preparation for re-opening while expressing optimism that the institution would be ready to re-open within a week if the pace of preparation was maintained. “If you remain consistent at the pace you are currently moving, you may be able to admit the students who were scheduled to take the March examinations, so far you have achieved sixty percent of the expected target” Jwan added.

“The Ministry plans to stagger re-opening of institutions; starting with the March examinations cohort, followed by June cohort onwards, however this is subject to the resolutions of the taskforce meeting slated for Monday 21” the PS informed the stakeholders. In attendance were Sigalagala National Polytechnic staff and stakeholders among them, TVETA staff and Principals from TVET institutions within Kakamega County hosted by the Acting Principal Ms Catherine Kelonye.

While addressing the Principals, Jwan encouraged them to create the necessary visibility for the TVET institutions, emphasizing that the future of the country and globe depended on the sector “take your leadership responsibilities with the seriousness it deserves and strive to give the institutions you lead an enhanced visibility, make these institutions better than you found them”. The PS added that TVET institutions were not getting adequate visibility and potential students were only focusing on university education, despite the government providing the support to shape the future of TVET. The PS warned the leaders against mismanagement of resources, citing that as one of the reasons for the recent reshuffle of the Principals among other reasons.

Dr Jwan announced plans by the ministry to train TVET leadership on good governance as a means of capacity building, “We shall conduct governance training to all Principals of TVET institutions and their board members to build leadership capacity” this he said will enhance resource management, transparency and accountability. Education stakeholders now await the direction by the taskforce led by Dr. Sarah Ruto.