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Deputy Principal - MS  BEATRICE OSUMBAH

Dr. Beatrice Osumbah-Gode

½ a decade of Bukura in my eyes

I joined Bukura Agricultural College in 2011 as the Deputy/CEO.

Half a decade later, I can confirm that the College has grown in leaps and bounds towards her vision.

‘The training institution of choice in practical agricultural sciences’- it is. Between 2011 and 2016 the number of graduates has increased by 104% from 302 to 617 while quality grades (distinctions) have increased by 15% over the same period.

This has been made possible not only through concerted effort of both academic and administrative staff, but most importantly through the guidance of a visionary Board of Governors.

Secondly, through NICHE project, a capacity building Dutch funded initiative, the College has been able to review all 10 her training programmes, making them responsive to the needs of the labour market, by carrying Labour Needs Assessment. Undertaking Labour Needs Assessment, as a milestone in our curriculum review process, has increased the capability of the College to realize her mandate both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Firstly, it has ensured that Bukura graduates are employable, entrepreneurial and employers who are equipped with life skills . Secondly, through the Labour Needs Assessment, four new programmes have been developed. Lastly, the College has developed several demand driven short courses.

Not only has the NICHE project grown our training programmes, but it has enhanced capacity of staff to develop and review training programmes and also to employ trainee focused methods of content delivery such as Problem Based Learning.

In order to be in tandem with TVET Act 2012, the College, has embarked on yet another academic mission of modularising her training programmes. Capability of staff to develop modularized and competency based training programmes has been capacity built. In the financial year 2016/2017, we hope to roll out the first modularised programmes in Dairy and Horticulture, for Certificate and Diploma levels.

The increase in number of graduates obviously has its roots in the increase in enrolment which has grown from by 85% from 957 in 2011 to 1766 in 2015 in both the long and short courses.

As Bukura steps forward to partner with all the 47 Counties in building Agriculture, which is a devolved function, her vision can never be more desirable more real and more practical.

Our distinct and foundational role in both the social and economic pillars of Kenya Vision 2030 cannot be downscaled.

God bless Bukura College

God bless Kakamega County

 

God bless Kenya

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