Caption: ICT Secretary Dr Catherine Getao gives a keynote address at USIU during a one-day conference themed, She Believed She Could and So She Did (STEM) today, 10th February 2017. The event organised by She Goes Technology and United State International University alumni brought together old and and young school girls was meant to empower women.
The Secretary for ICT Dr Kate Getao wants more girls and women to take up science, technology and engineering based subjects, and courses. This, she noted will enable them participate in developing innovative engineering solutions.
Dr Getao urged parents and teachers to desist from stereotyping girls as less intelligent to study mathematics and sciences which are perceived to be hard subjects meant for boys. “Instead, girls should be inspired to take up interest in the subjects that would lead them to study engineering and technology related courses in institutions of higher learning,” she observed.
Speaking at the United States International University (USIU) today during the TechWomen Conference, Dr Getao said meaningful development in the country will only be realised if women, who make more than half the population participate in providing solutions to science, technology and engineering challenges in the country.
She observed that only 30 per cent of the college going students doing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are women, a situation she noted must be corrected. She regretted that more than half the women who register for science courses in universities drop the programme for other courses before completing.
Dr Getao stated that the government was taking measures to address the disparities between male and female students studying science and technology based programmes by providing incentives and mentorship programmes to women.
The ICT Secretary noted that already, government through the Presidential Digital Talent programme was taking newly graduated girls on board for internship in public and private sectors for a year, where they learn work place experience and innovative solutions under mentorship. (By Cheruiyot Korir)