Elites, Youths, and stakeholders in Kitui central Monday converged for public participation at Kitui Agricultural Training Centre and agreed that Mulango Vocational Training Centre be upgraded into a Technical Training Institute (TTI) and fall under National Government.
Mulango Polytechnic which was established in 1946 has been receiving a large number of students from different parts of Ukambani every year most of whom are Class 8 and Form 4 leavers.
Kitui County Executive Committee Member for Education, youth and ICT David Kivoto speaking at the public participation told Members of the press that upgrading Mulango from Vocational Training Centre to Technical Training Institute is a great idea adding that this college falling under National government, it will be benefiting with government funding every year, to ensure it meets the required standards and students study marketable courses of their choice.
“We assembled for public participation of what we call upgrading Mulango vocational Training centre to a National Technical institute and we have agreed that the National government take over and put more courses in this institute for our youth to study. It will be benefiting with National Government Funding every year so that it is built to meet the required standards,” Kivoto Said.
Kivoto revealed that in 2019/2020 budget passed by Kitui County Assembly, as a ministry they have allocated 10 million to upgrade the college, adding that Kitui central CDF has allocated another 10 million on the same.
“In the budget passed by County Assembly we have allocated 10million as seed money to upgrade the college, Kitui central CDF under Makali Mulu they were also around, and they have assured us they will allocate another 10 million. With that now the National government will be supporting us with close to 50 million every year to build that college,” he said.
Migwani MCA Musyoka Nguli alias Kalumaita who also chairs Education, ICT and Youth Development Committee in Kitui County Assembly revealed that they will ratify any other proposal from the County Department of Education like the upgrading Mulango from Vocational Training Centre to TTI as a good step which will enable Kitui Youth to study.
“On behalf of the committee of Education in our County Assembly, we say this is a good step. As MCAs,we allocated 10million for Mulango project in this budget. I can say this is a good step to upgrade our local Vocational Training centres to have a National outlook where our youth will study courses needed in the market,” Kalumaita said.
Director of TVET in Kitui County John Wamae speaking in the public participation said that as National Government, they required stakeholders input in the process of upgrading Mulango vocational centre, saying the public participation they had, was taken as key for the process to continue.