Nyeri National Polytechnic History Overview

Nyeri National Polytechnic History Overview

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The Nyeri National Polytechnic was a middle-level national Technical Learning Institute established under the Ministry of Science and Technology offering a variety of courses to K.C.S.E graduates at both craft/certificate and diploma levels it started as a National Technical Secondary School in 1977. Its construction was financed by the Kenya government with funding from the World Bank International Development Association (IDA). The first student intake was initially admitted at form three-level and started on a technical secondary syllabus. Later on in 1979, form one student -both girls and boys, were recruited as technical secondary students. By 1983, the institution was a fully-fledged mixed national technical secondary school. The Education policy provided for a parallel technical secondary education considered to have a technical and vocational aptitude. At the end of the secondary technical programme, students were expected to join national polytechnics for specialized training.

In spite of this policy, a good number of technical secondary schools enrolled for advanced level classes (Form v & vi) at academic secondary schools owing to the high premium attached to the university education by that time. By the mid -1980, technical secondary education hardly attracted students. It is for this reason that the 8.4.4 education system was introduced in 1984 that secondary technical education policy and practice was abolished. The institution was changed to become a technical training institute. The core business of the new colleges was to train in technical and vocational skills. They become middle-level development centres. With the change of the policy, Nyeri Technical Secondary school started phasing out technical secondary students and in 1986; the first post-secondary students were admitted. By 1987, the secondary school programme was fully phased out. The training programmes introduced in 1986 were:

  • Certified public accounts course(CPA)
  • Accounts clerks national certificate course(ACNC) and
  • Secretarial studies

Other programmes introduced later at craft certificate level were:

  1. Mechanical engineering
  2. Electrical engineering
  3. Welding and fabrication
  4. Clothing technology
  5. Automotive engineering
  6. Carpentry and joinery

Beside the craft level courses, there were artisan-level courses for each of these programmes. The first batch of Diploma students was admitted in 1991 in the following courses:

Co-operative management

  1. Accountancy
  2. Secretarial studies
  3. Business administration

Other courses offered from 1995 to 2007 include:

  1. Diploma in mechanical engineering
  2. Diploma in Electronics Engineering
  3. Diploma in Electronics
  4. Diploma in marketing

Certificate science laboratory technology

  1. Diploma in electrical engineering
  2. Certificate in computer application

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