HIGHER Education Minister David Arore has urged parliamentarians to set up tertiary institutions in their electorates.
Arore said as the Government moved to increase the level of elementary, primary and secondary schools, the same could be done at the tertiary level.
“The time has come for us, as leaders, to start looking seriously into the development of tertiary institutions and higher education in the country,” he said.
“I appeal to all Open MPs and governors to start looking at the education system and the structure holistically and plan to complete the whole process either in the province or district.”
He said leaders should start looking at a model from elementary to high school then to secondary school and to provide access for students into tertiary institutions, or at least create a tertiary institution in their electorates.
He said this would create openings for students completing grades 10 and 12.
“That’s the problem we are facing – the access after post-secondary at Grade10 and 12,” he said.
“Where are our school leavers going to? We need to seriously consider this problem.
“Last year alone, we had approximately 14,000 Grade 12 leavers with no access (to tertiary education) and this year we would have roughly about 18,000 with no access to tertiary institutions.”
Arore acknowledged the intervention of the government in the higher education sector.
He said in last year’s budget, the sector got almost K700 million for infrastructure development.
He said while the Government had created the tuition fee-free education policy, it had actually created a bottle neck in the system where there was limited access for grades 10 and 12 leavers to tertiary institutions.
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