Counties to get Sh2bn to build, equip polytechnics

Pemwai Girls KCSE candidates sit for their Mathematics exam on November 6, 2017, in Baringo Central. Students who do not quality to join universities can enroll in polytechnics. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • The bill further states that the polytechnics are essential in developing skills of youth who fail to join institutions of higher learning.

Counties will receive Sh2 billion for building, equipping and renovating polytechnics in order to absorb thousands of Form Four leavers who fail to join universities.

According to the Division of Revenue Bill, the additional conditional allocation, which is in its second year of implementation, is meant to support county governments in equipping technical and vocational centres and also for capitation of students’ fees.

“The additional conditional allocation implemented by the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training aims at enhancing access to quality and relevant vocational skills training,” the bill indicates.

The bill further states that the polytechnics are essential in developing skills of youth who fail to join institutions of higher learning.

It puts some counties on the spot for failing to improve these facilities.

“Whereas this is a devolved function and counties should finance it unconditionally using their own resources, in the past, counties have been hesitant to finance it,” indicates the bill.

The national government’s contribution is expected to be spread over three financial years.

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