The Chief Principal of Matili Technical Training Institute (TTI) Judith Sande says that she has a desire for the Institute to be elevated to a national polytechnic; the Institute is in Kimilili Constituency. In an exclusive interview with The Weekly Vision on Friday in her office, she revealed that all the stakeholders and community around the school have a desire for the institution to be elevated to a national level arguing that it has all it takes.
“We have had conversations not once but severally here in my office with the stakeholders manning this institution and everybody has the desire that it is elevated to a national rank,” she said. She noted that currently, the institution has a population of over 6,100 students undertaking different courses adding that the school is also putting up extra structures to accommodate the huge influx.
Ms Sande noted that they have spoken to the community around the school and they are willing to sell land to the school if need be. “In case we are given a go-ahead to elevate Matili to national status the communities around have agreed to give us land,”
“During admissions, we get many students who want to take different courses and we can’t chase them away, instead we grant them opportunities because we want to fight illiteracy in our community,” she said. However, she argues that since many aren’t securing chances at the University, technical colleges offer them avenues to showcase their talents and make sure that they are realizing their dreams, calling on those who might not have secure chances at the University to join a technical institute and get the knowledge that will help him/ her get self-employed.
Ms Sande noted that they have spoken to the community around the school and they are willing to sell land to the school if need be. “In case we are given a go-ahead to elevate Matili to national status the communities around have agreed to give us land,” she said. She lauded President William Ruto for being a good ambassador when it comes to the technical institutions saying that as a school they have a lot of expectations from him.
She asked Ruto’s government to fully support technical institutions adding that with the limited job opportunities youths need to be impacted with technical knowledge to help them get self-employed. “Many students that have passed through Matili have proceeded well, with the knowledge they got here they have been able to start their businesses like welding,” she noted. However, she added that the school is procuring equipment to aid in the impacting technical knowledge in the engineering fields.
She said that apart from the institutions doing well it also participates in co-curricular activities.
By Brown Wafula