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Graduates in the country have been urged to venture in entrepreneurship even as the government continues to roll out job creation programmes. While noting that the government was laying the ground to spur digital jobs, DP Rigathi Gachagua who was speaking during the 40th Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the 9th PanAfrican University Institute for Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) joint graduation however called on institutions of higher learning to focus on market oriented courses relevant to Kenyan market needs.

“We are laying the infrastructure; learning institutions must provide the requisite skills for the youth to become truly global workers even from the comfort of their village. We can only harness if we prepare students, not for passing examinations, but solving challenges for inclusive growth. This is through enhancing the capacity of the students in analytical thinking and creative skills,” said Mr Gachagua.

Gachagua defended the housing programme saying it will create jobs in various professions in the construction industry saying the government is committed to address the rising unemployment.

“The National Assembly, passed the Finance Bill 2023 to  among other issues  create a housing fund to construct 200,000 houses annually. To address unemployment in future, he said the government is also deploying resources to the implementation of the Competence Based curriculum for self-employability skills.

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