Students, teachers and parents swamped Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology exhibition tent to enquire about academic programmes, campuses and study modes during the Embu County Academic Excellence Day held at Kangaru School – Embu.
The annual event running under the banner “Towards World Class Academic Excellence” saw over 10,000 KCSE candidates from Embu County interact with various universities as they deliberated on which academic programmes to pursue.
Speaking to the students, Deputy President, William Ruto encouraged them to pursue technical courses to foster economical and industrial development of the country. He emphasised on the importance of giving education the priority and status it deserves.
“Science research and technological innovation are the heart and soul of economic and industrial development. Growth and development in science, technology and engineering enhances our strength and capacity to achieve our transformational goals as a nation,” said Ruto.
He said education is critical for the development and growth of the country and the government is committed towards promotion of Higher Education in a bid to create a knowledge base country.
Senator Lenny Kivuti thanked the universities for gracing the occasion and urged the candidates and education managers in the county to take full advantage of the opportunity.
“To improve academic performance in our schools, there is need to rally all education stakeholders towards pulling together to ensure that students excel,” said Kivuti.
Leading the JKUAT team was Registrar, Academic Affairs, Dr. Esther Mworia who welcomed students and parents to the University, explaining to them about the various academic programmes on offer at JKUAT.
“Most of these students are only inquiring about conventionally re-known programmes such as medicine, law, IT and engineering. This platform gives us an opportunity to inform and guide these student on other programmes and what cluster points they need to have,” said Dr. Mworia.
The event was organised by Senator Kivitu in collaboration with Embu County Education Board to mentor and motivate the candidates towards academic excellence.