TU-K Pushing for Recognition of Engineering Technologists
The University in conjunction with the Institution of Engineering Technologist and Technicians (IET), recently hosted Members of Parliament to a breakfast meeting at a Nairobi Hotel to lobby for the enactment of the proposed Kenya Engineering Technologists and Technicians Board (KETTB) Bill. TU-K invited Parliamentary Committee on Education, Research and Technology, to deliberate on the Bill. The Bill seeks to establish KETTB a statutory body which will regulate four carders of people: Engineering Technologists, Engineering Technicians, Engineering Craft Persons and Artisans. During the meeting, the Chairman of the Sub-committee on Technical Vocation and Education Training (TVET) Hon. Ceciliah Ng’etich assured those in attendance that she was committed to pushing the agenda of TVET forward and would therefore lobby her colleagues to ensure that the Bill is enacted. TU-K PUSHING FOR RECOGNITION OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGISTS Hon. Ng’etich said, “This bill is good for Kenyans since matters of TVET remain so dear to our hearts.
We will therefore ensure that Engineering Technologists get recognition they deserve.”She pleaded with other parliamentarians to consider supporting the motion when it gets to the floor of the house. TU-K Vice-Chancellor Prof. Francis Aduol noted that the meeting was an important occasion since it marked a new beginning of strong partnership between the university and Members of Parliament. He explained that IET has been championing for their formal recognition for four years and therefore he hoped that parliamentarians will help the body and other TVET institutions champion their course. He also made a presentation on, “Focus Training of Technicians and Technologists,” which defined the training and education in engineering from the Certificate level to PhD and the role of an engineer. The VC noted that for a country to achieve Vision 2030, there should be a deliberate effort aimed at improving education system and training in engineering. He outlined the engineering programmes that TU-K has implemented including Bachelor of Engineering which is designed for an Engineer; Bachelor of Engineering Technology which is meant for Engineering Technologist; Diploma targets an Engineering Assistant/Technical Assistant; and Certificate which targets a Technician/Artisan. Vihiga Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Yusuf Chanzu echoed the VC’s statements saying that the country needs to invest more in training of young people. “It is high time the country recognised a technologist and his role, and strive to promote technical education in order to advance technologically,” he said adding that parliamentarians will support TU-K and it’s role in providing leadership in TVET education.