By Andanje Wakhungu
Plans to elevate Shamberere Technical Training Institute (TTI) into a national polytechnic are in high gear. The management is however worried the institution may face low enrollment. The new principal Mr Elisha Nyamu told members of the Count Assembly who were on a familiarization tour of the college that the institution was under-utilized especially in the engineering department where modern machinery worth hundreds of millions of shillings lay idle owing to the low numbers of students enrolling in this course.
“Through our MP Malulu Injendi, we requested the president when he toured the area to consider awarding the college national status; plans are already in the pipeline for that to happen; the issue is now with the (cabinet). We are delighted that soon Shamberere will be a National polytechnic; my only worry is that our sons and daughters have not embraced technical courses. The few that come here do not go for technical courses at all, instead prefer business courses.
Nyamu is one month old at the institution having been transferred from Kongoni Technical. He said the reason he invited leaders was for them to come and witness the capacity the college boosts in terms of enrollment so that they can help mobilize and bring on board more students.
The sub-county records 7,000 candidates sitting for (KCSE) of which only 1,000 are eligible to join universities annually. The MCAs led by the Leader of Minority in the County Assembly David Ndakwa assured the principal that they will support him by bringing on board more students and paying for their registration fees at the college.
“We can only empower the society through education and we are willing to fully rally behind this noble course that is intended to bring more resources to our people.