PS in hot soup for asking private queries in public

PS in hot soup for asking private queries in public

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The principal secretary for Vocational and Technical Training Julius Ouma is now under scrutiny after making
strange inquiries during his whirlwind tour of institutions in Western Kenya. Ouma came under fire from Tvet heads after asking them how much money was still in their bank accounts. The heads expressed displeasure noting that it was wrong for Ouma to ask such questions in public. “You don’t expect us to declare what we have in our accounts in the open,” one of the heads who requested anonymity said. They blamed Ouma for highhanded for asking them to
adhere to Covid-19 protocols within a short notice yet they lack funds. During his tour, Ouma directed Tvets to ensure they fully comply with Covid-19 protocols in readiness for reopening. Ouma said some of the institutions were yet to fully comply. He said that the TVET institutions have been given funds to prepare for reopening based on the corona virus infection trend. Ouma said the decision on opening was premised on the need to ensure the safety of all learners and teachers.

He also toured Keroka Technical Training Institute, Bureti Technical Training Institute and Kitale National Polytechnic. Meanwhile, Tvets have requested the Treasury, through parliament for an additional Sh429 million for Covid-19 items. They seek the cash to test trainees, trainers and all staff in the institutions when the schools open. Among the intended purchases are face masks, soaps and sanitisers. The ministry says they intend to fix facilities with running water at the institutes. This was part of the request for an additional Sh16.8 billion above the Sh7.05 billion allocated in the printed estimates for 2020-21. Tvets need Sh3.8 billion more to cater for students, saying the Sh5.2 billion can only cater for 173,000 students against a projected enrollment of 300,000.