NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 15 – Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has hinted that the government may reintroduce mandatory National Youth Service training for students after high school.
Waiguru said on Wednesday that her ministry was in consultations with the Education Ministry and other stakeholders to see whether the training can be introduced.
The training comes in the wake of increased insecurity in the country with the Garissa University terror attack that claimed 148 lives by Al Shabaab being the recent hit.
“It’s not a decision that has been made. It’s proposals that we have had both from the Kenya National Association of Parents and various stakeholders including the Kenyan public,” Waiguru said.
Calls for mandatory training have increased especially after the Garissa university massacre, and last weekend’s panic stampede at Nairobi university
Waiguru was speaking during a press briefing on the Second Devolution Conference that that will be held between April 21 and April 23 in Kisumu County which will bring together key stakeholders in devolution that includes governors and the private sector among others.
“Last year’s conference noted that in spite of the teething challenges that any new initiative invariably experiences, it was encouraging to note that major strides had been realized in devolution within so short a time. Necessary structures, mechanisms and instruments were put in place for more effective and efficient management of state affairs to steer Kenya towards the promise of the vision spelt out in the principles and objectives of devolved government, as provided for in the Constitution. Even more encouraging was the fact that tangible results were already being experienced in diverse devolved units,” Waiguru said.
With the theme “Celebrating the Gains of Devolution” the Second Annual Devolution Conference marks the second anniversary since the coming into effect of a devolved Government in Kenya.
The overall objective of the Conference is ‘To Create a Platform of Engagement for Devolution Actors to Address Challenges and Issues Arising in the Devolution Process.’