Secondary school students' attitudes towards enrolment in Youth Polytechnics: the case of Bibirioni location-Limuru
Njuguna, Bernard G
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Kenya has made great strides in ensuring education for all. The free primary education and the free tuition secondary education are working well. However, regardless of the large numbers of secondary school leavers missing further training opportunities, very few in Bibirioni are seeking skills training in St. Bosco youth polytechnic and this study wanted to find out why. It was interested in capturing the attitude of secondary school students towards the youth polytechnic and finding out whether the gender, age, socio-economic background as well as the academic performance of the respondent affects his or her attitude towards the institution. 201 respondents completed questionnaires that were given to them and a semi-structured interview was held with two YP tutors and one YP manager. It was found out that the YP is still important in training for skills that assist in income generation. Nevertheless, a majority of the respondents have a negative attitude towards the institution. The negative attitude has been brought about by various factors such as the kind of trades the institutions offer. Secondly, the personal aspirations of the student and the high value attached to academic education discouraged himlher from pursuing a trade in the institution. The physical condition of St. Bosco YP and the lifestyle of the trainees enhance the negatively biased attitude towards the institution. Some association was found between the gender, socio-economic background and the academic performance of a secondary school student and his/her attitude towards the YP. The relationship between age and attitude towards the yP however was not found to be significant. The study therefore recommends that the yP programme should be strengthened and modernized to cater for both primary and secondary schoolleavers via provision of modem tools and equipment and the introduction of new courses and trades. It is further noted that the name of the yP should be changed by affiliating it to a University and the institution should also hold open days.