Communities living around polytechnics have been asked to surrender land for expansion of the institutions.
While speaking in Lugari today, Kakamega County Chief Executive Member in Charge of Education Dr. George Lutomia said some polytechnics in the county have small pieces of land that was frustrating the expansion of institutions’ facilities.
Dr. Lutomia said the County Government was ready to negotiate with the community members on how the land could be owned by the polytechnics without complications.
The CEM said his department had launched an elaborate plan on how the polytechnics could be expanded to accommodate thousands of students across the county.
Dr. Lutomia expressed confidence that graduates from the polytechnics across the county would not lack jobs because the skills acquired during training allowed them to be self-employed in the various areas they trained for.
He mentioned Soy, Kakamega and Butere polytechnics as institutions having a major positive impact on the communities around them.
Dr. Lutomia revealed that the County Government had rolled out a programme where uniforms for various schools spread throughout the county are made by graduates from the county polytechnics.
The County Education official was speaking during the 1st graduation at Lumakanda County Polytechnic where over a hundred trainees were awarded certificates in various skills areas including Garment Making and Motor Vehicle, Electrical and Electronics among other courses.
Lumakanda Polytechnic Principal Egley Ashilenje lauded the government for promoting polytechnics across the country adding that class eight and four students were capable of undertaking various courses offered at the facility.
Ashilenje commended Kakamega County Government for continuously improving the institution through funding buildings and subsidising fees for students.
Lumakanda County Polytechnic was established in 2017 as a community-based institution but later registered under Kakamega County Government.