The Star (Nairobi)

16 April 2014

Kenya: Nyeri County to Build Sh32 Million Workshops

The Nyeri county government will build eight workshops in youth polytechnics at a cost of Sh32 million. Education executive secretary Elijah Nguyo said the workshops will be built in each subcounty.

"A task force has been set aside to ensure all youth who did not join other learning institutions benefit through the polytechnics. They can acquire skills through short or long courses," he said. Nguyo said the county government has set aside Sh90 million for 30 Early Childhood Development centres.

"Two classes in nursery schools will be built in every ward," said the executive. Nguyo was speaking during the prize-giving day for Witima, Kairia, Kiyu, Irindi and Kagumo primary schools in Othaya town on Saturday. He said although the national government supports part of the education sector, nursery schools and youth polytechnics are supported by the county government.

Nguyo was accompanied by Unjiru Development Network chairman Cyrus Kanyi. Kanyi advised pupils and teachers to work as a team to improve performance. He said there are many challenges including shortage of teachers, inadequate teaching and learning materials due to poor funding, overloaded curriculum, overcrowded classrooms and poor salaries.

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