Kenya: Kenyan universities and colleges have been challenged to fully embrace research and ICT as they hold the key to attaining the Vision 2030.
Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said that in order to achieve an industrialised nation status, increased research and ICT development in the field of education is required.
In a speech read on his behalf during the Zetech College fourth graduation ceremony, Prof Kaimenyi said the ministry has come up with a policy on ICT education in which ICT becomes an integral part and mode of learning.
“ICT has become the driver towards accessing skills and knowledge. As the ministry entrusted to oversight on matters of education, we appreciate that an ICT literate workforce has a competitive advantage in participating in a knowledge-based economy,” Kaimenyi said in the speech read by Ms Elymateyta Khaoya, a senior deputy secretary in the ministry.
He said embracing information technology will also go a long way in giving students an edge in the labour market, besides giving them skills required in the 21st Century.
A total of 2,400 students were conferred with diplomas and certificates in various disciplines. Zetech College Principal Edwin Wamukoya said the institution is eyeing university status.
Prof Wamukoya said the proposed Zetech University will provide programmes in science, IT and business.