Deputy President William Ruto has asked education managers across the country to harmonize their projects with those of other development agencies to avoid duplication and misuse of resources.
Mr Ruto said there was need for education stakeholders to come up with a development blue print harmonized with those of the county governments and those, which benefit from resources channeled through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) among other development kitty.
The Deputy President made the remarks when he met with senior officials from the ministries of Education and the National Treasury, at his Harambee Annex office, Nairobi.
He said part of funds from the ministry of education, county governments and CDF kitty have been set aside for the improvement of schools’ infrastructure, thus the need to harmonize such projects.
He said harmonization of projects by all players with similar objectives would avoid duplication of activities and help initiate many development projects that would go a long way in transforming the lives of the people.
“Those charged with the responsibility of formulating projects should ensure we get value for money. “Let’s initiate sustainable projects that can address the needs of the people including unemployment among the youths in the country,” said Mr Ruto.
“Our ultimate goal is to have meaningful development projects that have value for money and thus improve the lives of the people,” he added.
He said some programmes and projects were being undertaken by the various Government agencies, saying harmonization of projects will help avoid duplication and misuse of resources.
“Ministries should harmonize projects to avoid duplication and misuse of resources,” said Mr Ruto.
The meeting was attended by among others Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang.
The Deputy President, at the same time, said the Government has unveiled plans to make Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country attractive.
He said technical education is not for school dropouts but for students who have the talent to excel.
Mr Ruto said measures have been put in place with the view to demystifying the notion that vocational education was reserved for students with low academic performance.
“We are doing our best to train more students to acquire knowledge and skills as well as upgrade and revamp technical education to meet international standards and make it more competitive,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President said technical and vocational education had the potential of improving the socio-economic sector of the country and that the Government would prioritize technical education to give opportunities to the youth to develop their talents.
“We are of the view that the economic competitiveness of a country depended on the skills of its workforce, since the sector is perceived as one of the crucial elements in enhancing economic productivity,” said Mr Ruto.
“As a country, we can’t develop the manufacturing sector, that is in our Big Four agenda, unless we have enough skilled manpower that can meet the nation’s technological needs,” he added.