Kenya on Thursday joined the world in marking World Youth Skill Day.
The theme of this year is, “Reimagining Youth Skills for the Present and Future”.
During the celebrations, the Ministry of Education Chief Administrative Secretary, Hassan Noor Hassan said the theme resonates well with Kenya’s commitment to provide relevant skills to propel communities to a more prosperous nation.
Hassan at the same time said that the Ministry of Education is continuously striving to review the TVET training curriculum towards acquisition of relevant skills that are key in providing solutions to many problems facing us today, demands of the labour market and the aspirations of the youth.
In light of these, the government has endeavoured to:
1. To build and a number of TVET institutions across the country to promote access and equity.
2. Equip the institutions with state-of-the-art equipment, and recruited qualified trainers so that trainees can receive quality training and skills relevant to the labour market.
3. Give capitation to all students admitted to public TVET institutions through Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) and access to loans through Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
“Through these initiatives, positive change has been realized, in 2019 about 1500 students who sat KCSE exam and had been placed to various degree programmes in universities opted to enrol in TVET. In last year’s exam, the number increased to 2,632 candidates,” said the CAS.
In addition, the CAS said that TVET’s have an important role to play in increasing the resilience of young people therefore important for all partners to ensure the continuity of skill development and to introduce training programs to overcome the skills gaps.
“That is why we are working together with all the agencies to articulate the government policy and mobilise the youth to take up the many training opportunities available and later transit to work environment locally and beyond” he added.
In conclusion to his remarks, Hassan said, “our task is now very simple. To walk and talk to every corner of this country and mobilise young people to embrace TVET training and acquire skills that shall empower them to earn a decent living and change the society.”