January 20th 2018

Society / Education

Students get spot admission to Kenya Water Institute during Wajir East career talk

“We need these institutions here so that our people do not have to go all the way to Nairobi or other parts of the country for courses that can be easily offered in middle-level-colleges,” said the MP.

By Abdirahman Rashid Farahabdirahmancajab@gmail.comSaturday, 13 Jan 2018 16:21 EAT

The MP, accompanied by Institute Director Dr Leunita Sumba and Wagberi MCA Rashid Mahamud, thanks the students for turning up for the career talk. (Photo: Courtesy/Habiba Kinn).

Wajir East MP Rashid Kasim Amin today held a career talk for the 1,400 students from the constituency who missed to qualify for university education in last year’s KCSE examinations. This was in fulfillment of a pledge he made two weeks ago at a consultative meeting of constituency’s education stakeholders.

Today, the MP brought from Nairobi the management of the Kenya Water Institute led by Director Dr Leunita Sumba, the Deputy Director for Academic Affairs Mr David Ngetich, as well as the heads of IT, Admissions and Communication offices in the college.

The team shared with the students the several openings available to the over 1,400 in pursuing career paths at the institution that has four campuses around the country. After the career talk, the team admitted several students who had carried their academic papers to the meeting.

The MP was very pleased with the admissions, saying that the lack of opportunities for career progress after secondary school was a major contributor to underdevelopment in the area.

“With this institution, your dreams are coming true,” the MP said, while urging the students admitted to prepare themselves for taking up their spaces immediately.

“You can't lose hope in life even when you have a D+ (plus) or D (plain) since you can join any of the middle-level-colleges to reach your dreams. You can have a D but still become a water engineer, or a plumber or some other professional field of your choice,” he counseled.

He also advised parents to invest in their children’s education, saying that education is today the only weapon available for those who want to change the world. 

The MP said that Wajir East constituency, being the seat of power of Wajir County, “is the heart of this entire region and we must set a good example to the rest in the education sector.”

He regretted that the national government had failed to establish middle-level-colleges in the region for students who fail to join universities. “We need these institutions here so that our people do not have to go all the way to Nairobi or other parts of the country for courses that can be easily offered in middle-level-colleges,” said the MP.

The MP pledged to support today’s bunch of 1,400 and said he would initiate programmes to support education sector as a whole. “This is just a beginning.”

The event conducted at Wagberi Primary School was also was attended by Wagberi MCA Mr Rashid Mahamud, the Sub County Education director Mr Noor Ibrahim and Adan Roble, the local representative of the Teachers Service Commission.

The Institute Director Dr Sumba thanked the MP for reaching to her and the institution in order to give the young students a chance to study at the institution. She said the college currently had more 100 students studying at KEWI.

“Water is life so you need young talented students who will bring water crisis in this region to an end,” she said, while explaining the types of courses on offer.

The director commended the MP whom she described as a leader with a vision, revealing that Hon Kassim was the first MP to reach out to the college over such training opportunities.

The Wagberi MCA Rashid Mahamud alias Karshey assured the electorate that the initiative launched by the MP was a good one that would see an accelerated pace of development in the area.

He said the MP was on a mission to change the image of the society sincerely. “The people of Wajir East constituency have elected the right leader,” said the influential MCA who formerly served as a bodyguard to a former Speaker of Wajir County Assembly. 

Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County

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