The low cost construction materials developed by the JKUAT engineering researchers have come in handy to support the country’s education sector through the provision of affordable housing in the country’s educational institutions. The latest beneficiary is Kiriaini Mixed Secondary School in Muranga County that in 2009 acquired the block making machine that has now enabled the school to construct, a three bedroom housing unit to accommodate teachers using building blocks made from the JKUAT sourced blocking machine.
The construction, completed with a considerable saving that engineers estimate to be more than 50 percent less of the conventional cost was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga on Saturday October 8, 2011 at the school at a function also witnessed by Prof. Karega Mutahi , the school’s patron and Local Government Permanent Secretary. Speaking during the ceremony graced by hundreds of parents and students, the vice chancellor described the technology as one of the most successful enterprises that JKUAT had undertaken citing its nationwide impact that it had made on the lives of Kenyans. She called on the county’s communities to make frequent visits to JKUAT where a number of inventions were available with the potential to improve the economic circumstances of the people.
On his part Permanent Secretary Prof. Karega Mutahi who is the School’s patron called on the local community to take advantage of the partnership between JKUAT and the Kiriaini Secondary school to tap into the many other technologies that JKUAT researchers had developed saying they had the potential of transforming their economic wellbeing.
He reminded the pupils to develop own visions to guide them in their academic pursuits saying that education remained a struggle that he said required time and patience. The Permanent Secretary who is the patron of the school that he helped to initiate five years ago told students to embrace discipline if they hoped to succeed in their academic work.