A Critical Survey On Enrollment In Youth Polytechnics In Kisii Central District, Kenya.
Elijah Maronga, Elkana Asuma Maroria, Edwina Nyikal
Index Words: Enrollment; Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET); Youth Polytechnics.
Abstract: What factors prompt trainees to enroll in youth polytechnics? What informs trainees’ choice of particular courses for study? These are questions this descriptive survey research sought to address among youth polytechnics in Kisii Central District, Kenya. The district had 13 youth polytechnics and 603 trainees. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select a sample of 203 trainees while all 13 managers, one from each youth polytechnic participated in the study. The findings of the study showed that enrollment in youth polytechnics was mainly influenced by the trainees’ inability to pursue formal education at secondary school level because of lack of tuition fees; the trainees' inability to attain secondary school admission requirements; need to acquire skills for employment; and advanced age of the pupils while in primary school due to repetition. Trainees chose courses because they perceived that such courses would help them secure employment or become self employed. The study recommended that trainees from poor economic backgrounds be made aware of the possibility of obtaining funds in form of bursaries from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to help them complete their studies at the youth polytechnics; that the government and youth polytechnic management should ensure that relevant equipments and facilities are provided to facilitate high quality training in the youth polytechnics; and that youth polytechnics should tailor their training programs around courses that will support self reliance upon completion.
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