In an effort to revamp technical and vocational training institutions in Kenya, the government has recruited singers Wahu Kagwi and Roy Smith Mwita alias Rufftone to spearhead the agenda to the youths.
In a deal revealed by Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, Wahu and Rufftone will be mandated with reaching out to the youth and giving the institutions a better appeal.
“There have been gaps in the preparation of graduates in terms of career expectations, skills needed, attitude and readiness for work. The tertiary institutions, through the Office of Career Services, are expected to play a central role in addressing these issues,’’ she said in part.
The CS also revealed plans by her ministry to set up one national polytechnic in every county and a technical and vocational centre in every constituency in the next five years.
Wahu, a University of Nairobi graduate with a degree in Mathematics, urged youths to grab the opportunity with both hands.
“If I was clearing my secondary education right now then I would definitely go for such an opportunity because I have always been a champion of skill training, my skill is what puts food on my table,’’ said Wahu.
On his part, Rufftone lauded the move by the government having seen the effects of unemployment first hand when he first came to Nairobi.
“I came to Nairobi and settled in Umoja estate and there was a jobless corner, it literally was a jobless corner because my friends used to meet and hang out here because they had no jobs or any training, this is a good opportunity to train youths and they will be better placed to get jobs or create on,’’ disclosed the singer.
Rufftone is a graphic designer by training.
The finer details on how long the two will serve and remuneration remain scanty.