Historic 6th Graduation Ceremony Held
The Technical University of Kenya held a colourful 6th Graduation ceremony on 18th and 21st December 2018 during which, for the first time in its history, the University graduated 4 PhDs and 10 Master’s degree students. Bachelor’s degree graduands were 1,695 while 596 graduated with diplomas and certificates.
Education Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Dr. Amina Mohammed commended the University for offering hands-on training and skills that help the students fit in the industry upon graduation.
In a speech read by TVETA Director-General, Dr. Kipkirui Langat, the CS said students who take seriously practical training seamlessly fit in the labour market. “The industry is dynamic and only those that have the requisite skills will survive. Employers do not like incurring expenses in retraining staff to perform basic tasks”, noted Amb. Mohamed.
The CS said the Ministry was committed to improving education standards at all levels, considering that Kenyans expected institutions of higher learning to release to the labour market qualified manpower.
Dr Mohamed warned lecturers in public universities over the perennial problem of missing marks. “In the recent past, the media has been awash with stories of university students missing to graduate on time due to missing or lost marks. I wish to ask the university managers to ensure this trend is dealt with conclusively to save innocent parents and guardians the high cost of sustaining their children in our campuses longer than they had budgeted for. It beats logic for any lecturer to teach and either deliberately or carelessly misplace the grades for his/her students.”
The Principal Secretary for State Department for Technical and Vocational Training (TVET), Dr. Kevit Desai, noted that the local labour market was experiencing acute shortage of manpower in technical skills hence forcing the local employers to import skilled workers for jobs that Kenyan youths should perform yet the country was facing the highest unemployment crisis.
The PS reiterated the Government’s commitment in promoting TVET as a response to the country’s development agenda that, he said, required thousands of youths with practical skills in electronic and mechanical engineering, building and construction, plumbing and woodwork.
The PS was represented by Dr. Juma Mukhwana, the CEO of the Kenya National Qualifications Authority.
Dr. Kevit went on to say that: ‘’It is no secret that the Big Four Agenda projects require thousands of youths who possess skills in areas such as building and construction, plumbing, woodwork, electronic and electrical, mechanical engineering, among others,’’ he said.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Council, Dr. Halima Saado, expressed confidence with the graduands because they had graduated froma well-known university. She cited a recent tracer study conducted by TU-K University which made encouraging findings on why employers preferred TU-K graduates especially diploma holders saying the university gave students hands-on skills that enabled them to fit in any relevant job. She challenged the current students to take their studies seriously in order to succeed like other alumni whose profiles were commendable.
She assured the congregation that the University was established with the express mandate of promoting practical education and training at university level, andhas continued to play this role with total commitment. She added that considerable emphasis was being put on programme quality and relevance in the design of our curricula and in the delivery of the same.
The VC, Prof. Francis Aduol, thanked the Ministry of Education through Kenya Universities and Colleges Placement Service (KUCCPS) for placing over 700 TVET students to pursue various diploma courses.
‘’After several years of waiting, KUCCPS this academic year placed over 700 TVET students to pursue various diploma courses. I wish to most sincerely, through the Ministry of Education, thank the Government for positively responding to the plea we made in the last graduation ceremony to place diploma students’’, the VC said.
He said the objective of upgrading of the former Kenya Polytechnic to degree- awarding status was primarily to provide opportunities for vertical progression of graduates of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs and produce practically-oriented professionals and encouraged those with Certificate and Diploma to seize the opportunity and rise to the pinnacle of their academic excellence by enrolling for the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) programmes in the Technical University of Kenya.