TVET Authority Director General Dr Kipkirui Langat today joined President William Ruto at the groundbreaking ceremony of new buildings, I Block and T-Block at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK).

During the ceremony, the President also officially opened the S-Block tuition building which has been built at a cost of Sh600 million to ease the pressure of learning space at the institution.

Speaking at the function, President William Ruto said that his government is committed to uplifting the state of TVET institutions by providing the necessary financial and legal support in a bid to make Kenya a technical skills powerhouse not only locally but also internationally.

The Head of State lauded the Technical University of Kenya (TUK), for supporting its diploma graduates to pursue university degrees.

“I particularly take this opportunity to commend the university for the system it has put in place to consider the recognition of Prior Learning as well as the multi-entry and multi-exit plan,” said the President.

The President directed the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Ezekiel Machogu to expeditiously work on a plan to support TVET graduates who wish to further their education by providing capitation.

“I have also directed the CS Education to work on a master plan to ensure that necessary capitation is put in place to support TVET students who would wish to further their education,” the President said.

The president, noting the inadequacy of space at the Technical University of Kenya, which is situated at the heart of Nairobi City, directed that the university will be allocated land, initially carved out for the Ministry of Foreign for its expansion.

“Having been taken around here and seeing the constraints of space for the development of other facilities, I will instruct the ministry concerned to reallocate space for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the university expansion, ‘’ said Ruto.

The president has also encouraged the university to establish a technological park where all the discoveries and innovations made by staff and students can further be developed and showcased.  He pointed out that Kenyans ought to be proud of the fact that the Technical Institution is a model that has been successfully replicated in many African countries, saying that the government will review the University’s charter.

“There will be consultations with the Council and the Vice Chancellor. We shall rework the Charter so that we can establish this University as a special Technical University. TUK should not be just a Technical University by name but Technical University by Charter,’’ reiterated the President.

On the capitation of institutions of higher learning, the president promised that the recommendations captured by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms ( PWPER) on funding of educational institutions will be expedited so as to bridge the financial gap that is derailing the operations at the institutions of higher learning.

Yesterday the President led the groundbreaking of the Railway City which is within the vicinity of the Technical University. The President said the project will see the construction of 1,300 additional hostels at the University.

Others present at the function were Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, among others.