RIAT Driving School Now Open

RIAT Driving School Now Open

Recruitment of 6,000 instructors for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions across the country is now approved as Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) expands to accommodate a driving school. RIAT has been among the ten technical institutions selected to become centers of excellence in technology training.

Speaking at RIAT located along the Kisumu – Kakamega Highway, Principal Secretary (PS), State Department for Vocational & Technical Training, Dr Margaret Mwakima, said the student population has far overstretched existing facilities.

According to PS Dr. Margaret, the recruitment exercise will address the shortage of staff and bridge gap ratio of instructors to trainees. Built at a cost of Sh43 million, RIAT Driving School is aiming to attract a greater number of young people seeking quality driving lessons.

The Institute has had nine Academic Departments namely, Automotive engineering, Building and civil engineering, Business studies, Clothing, and textile, Electrical and electronics engineering, Information communication technology, Food and Beverage, Social work and community development, Fisheries, Aquatic sciences and Agriculture.

The ministry expressed commitment to invest in TVET institutions, owing to the critical role graduates play in job creation, adaptation and use of modern technologies that are crucial to transform Kenya into an industrial based economy. Emphasis is to be laid on the acquisition of practical skills, sound work ethics and entrepreneurial skills.

RIAT has taken leadership in offering programs that are relevant to industry needs and meet international standards. According to the PS, “Graduates of this great institution should not only be able to gain employment in the global market but also become self-reliant and employers too. Refresher driving will help one to become a better, safer and more confident driver.” 

The Government efforts to invest into infrastructure and human resource development, formulation of proactive regulatory framework and subsidized tuition fees, is aimed at increasing intake in TVETs to absorb the high number of High School leavers year on year.

Diploma students just like their degree counterparts can now access Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) funding, both in public and private institutions. The establishment of RIAT Driving School may meet the demand for safe and responsible driving and to minimize deaths on our roads and boda boda riders.

According to NTSA Programs Director, Samuel Musumba, boda boda training started in Kiambu, Kajiado and Machakos and has continued to have overwhelming response and thus the need to scale-up the exercise to cover the entire country, relearning safe driving principles to curb accidents attributed to reckless driving.