Kinyua to oversee controversial relocation of Kenya Technical Trainers College

May 21, 2017 2:37 pm
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The Advisory Committee shall comprise the Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary, the University Education Principal Secretary, The National Treasury Principal Secretary, Land and Physical Planning and the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua has been picked to lead an advisory committee on the relocation of the Kenya Technical Trainers College to the Kenya Science Campus, University of Nairobi,

In a Gazette Notice published on Friday, Education Minister Fred Matiangi said the committee will serve for a period of one year with effect from April 25.

The Advisory Committee shall comprise the Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary, the University Education Principal Secretary, The National Treasury Principal Secretary, Land and Physical Planning and the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary.

Others members include Chairpersons of the University of Nairobi Council and the Kenya Technical Trainers College Council and the Teachers Service Commission Secretary.

The terms of reference include directing student placement to the two institutions during the relocation period and guiding the technical committee to ensure that relocations are successful and in line with government policies and legal frameworks.

KTTC, which has been in existence since 1978, will be moved from its current location in Gigiri, Nairobi, for security reasons.

The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) had sounded alarm over the decision by the Education CS to evacuate the University of Nairobi Kenya Science Campus (KSC) in favour of the KTTC.

The commission said the relocation should only be done after consultations with all stakeholders, further stating that relocating the science training college will inconvenience its students.

It further explained that UoN would not be able to accommodate the 1,038 students from the campus, considering its overstretched population of 84,000 students.

Matiangi said the college would be moved to the former Kenya Science Teachers College, currently a campus of University of Nairobi on Ngong Road, with effect from December 1.

The KTTC is located in Gigiri next to United States Embassy and United Nations complex that hosts United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, among others.

Dr Matiangi, in a letter dated last year to the University of Nairobi Council Chairman said the decision is strategic.

The Kenya Science Teachers College was established in 1965 through partnership between Kenya and Sweden.

It was elevated to a constituent college of the University of Nairobi following recommendations by the Public Universities Inspection Board, which the government accepted.

The college initially trained S1 teachers to teach sciences and technical education in secondary schools.

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