The government has embarked on an expansion and development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions across the country as a way of employment creation and bridging technical skills gap.
Towards this end, Education CS, Dr. Amina Mohamed said the Ministry plans to establish at least one fully furnished National polytechnic with state of the art equipment in every county and at least one TVET institution in each of the 290 constituencies in the country.
Once fully operational, the polytechnics according to the CS are envisaged to have an enrolment of at least 10,000 trainees with the TVETs institutions in constituencies expected to enroll up to 5,000 trainees.
In a speech read on her behalf by TVET Director, Dr. Meshack Opwora on Friday during a graduation ceremony at Nyeri National Polytechnic, CS Amina said the institutions will help in building a pool of technical professionals as well as drastically help reduce the rate of youth unemployment by equipping them with skills for self-employment.
With this development, the CS said government projected that the minimum students’ population in TVET would be five million or 10 percent of the national population by the year 2020.
She said the government has attached great importance to TVET training in building a cadre of competencies needed to drive the national development agenda.
Beyond the development of TVET institutions, Dr. Amina said the government had introduced a scheme that makes TVET affordable to all by setting a ceiling for tuition fee at KSh 56,420.
She additionally said the government had provided a capitation of KSh 30,000 for every trainee enrolled in technical and vocational colleges as well as a mechanism for students to access HELB loans to meet fees balances.
To ensure that quality was not compromised owing to the projected huge enrollment in TVET institutions, the CS said the Ministry had developed a quality assurance and Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) frameworks.
Under these frameworks to be launched later this month according to the CS, each institution will be required to implement the quality management system and CBET curriculum immediately.
She added that focus under these frameworks would be on nurturing talents and ensuring institutions produce graduates who are competent, marketable and globally competitive.
In order to address the poor staffing level in TVET institutions, the CS announced that the Ministry was in the process of recruiting more than 1,000 trainers who will be evenly distributed countrywide.