By Beatrice Njenga
Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology (KIHBT) recently commissioned a new Campus in Teso-North Constituency in Busia County, which borders Uganda. The aim of the initiative is to increase enrolment in highway related courses and make it more accessible to students from neighbouring countries, particularly Uganda, due to its proximity. The campus has been inaugurated and the pioneer class has already begun, empowering the locals.
The initial class consisted of 48 trainees, with 37 males and 11 females, drawn from the constituency. They underwent a 2-week training course on Motorcycle Riding. After the rigorous training, the trainees were externally evaluated and tested by the National Transport and Safety Authority. Following successful completion, they were awarded operational licenses. Moving forward, the campus plans to offer more capacity building programs and is currently preparing to train Plant Machinery Operators.
Official Opening of the training classroom by the area Member of Parliament, Hon. Oku Kaunya (Centre). Looking on is the Director, KIHBT, Eng. Maurice Nabende.
By Beatrice Njenga, Communication Officer for EASTRIP at KIHBT