Low numbers drive Sh50 million technical college to brink of closure
Assistant chiefThe college principal wondered why parents whose children did not make it to various universities last year were not enrolling them at the institute yet the county has a huge deficit for tradesmen and other specialised workers. Speaking at Kiangwaci market during the inauguration of Stephen Kiranga as the assistant chief for Gacharu sub-location where the institute is located, Muchiri urged parents not to keep their children at home when the facility was almost empty. “The government has provided bursaries and HELB loans for any student. Parents should encourage their chidden to take advantage of this,” Muchiri said. Sub-county Commissioner Moses Ivuto blamed high consumption of illicit liquour by residents for the low enrollment rate. He directed the newly inaugurated assistant chief to embark on a massive crackdown on the menace and at the same time sensitise residents on the need to enroll their children at the college. “Very soon, the government is going to roll out the construction of the affordable houses where 3,000 such units will be put up in the county. The project will require masons, plumbers and other cadre of workmen with construction skills. The jobs created will be taken over by outsiders unless the enrollment apathy is done away with,” he said. The institute was built and completed during the tenure of Stephen Ngari as the MP for Ndia but remained un-operational for two years.