By Osinde Leighton.
Kisii county Government has signed memorandum of understanding [MOU] with Kisii National Polytechnic aiming at working together to boost the education standards in the Institution .
Addressing the Press and other stakeholder during the signing ,Kisii county Governor James Ongwae noted that the county enters into a collaborative agreement with the Institution on a number of initiatives aimed at societal well being.
Ongwae noted that Kisii National Polytechnic is an important institution in the County that produces graduates with skills in various technical fields and feeds the service industry that forms part of the backbone of the counties economy.
He said that the skills student acquire from the institution gives them an equal opportunity to start up businesses once they finish their studies only want they need is funding.
“ Have gone across the institutions through trades , have seen our our students being dedicated to have the skills required , have seen that they only need funds when they finish from here to enable them start their own business instead of looking for an employment” Said ongwae adding that the government is coming up with structures which will empower youths to get funds which will enable them start their own business.
The Governor also thanked the Gusii leadership who worked towards the establishment of this important institution that has grown in leaps and bounds to reach its current status of a National Polytechnic.
“I truly applaud the potentials in the Polytechnic.Looking forward for stepped up collaboration to improve youth training and their initiation into the labour market” stated Ongwae
Kisii National Polytechnic was founded on 19th December 1971 as Gusii Institute of Technology in Kisii town at a meeting of Abagusii leaders’ conference attended by representatives from all walks of life.
It was registered in 1972 under the Education Act CAP 212 of the Laws of Kenya with the objective of providing technical education and training for youths. The initial courses were Secretarial and Building Technology. Since then more courses have been introduced and currently KNP offers a total of seventy four (74) at Artisan, Certificate, Diploma and Higher Diploma levels.