Kirinyaga County Youth Polytechnic Principals and their deputies have undergone training on the Competence-Based Education and Training (CBET) curriculum for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
The training conducted by TVET Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council (CDACC) was held at the National Aquaculture Research Development & Training Center in Sagana.
County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Education, James Kinyua, said the training will building the capacity of the polytechnic managers to properly implement the new education and training curriculum which enables trainees to be assessed and certified based on their areas of competence.
He said that the curriculum recognizes that learners have different aptitudes and potential and therefore are certified in the courses in which they excel other than being judged based on a combination of courses.
David Gatimu, a TVET Curriculum Developer who took part in the training of the officers said that the training will enable TVETs to effectively implement the new model of training as well as how to evaluate a trainee’s competence among other aspects of the curriculum.
The officer added that in the competence-based curriculum, an individual can now be awarded a certificate of competence upon demonstrated competence in one unit in a skill area or a national certificate upon demonstrated competence in all units of competence in a skill area.
Kirinyaga County has 15 youth polytechnics which the County Government, has been supporting to ensure that they offer a conducive environment for quality training.
The CECM said that the CBET training took place alongside the sensitization of polytechnic heads and the county’s Ward Administrators on a program whereby the polytechnics are partnering with the Department of Agriculture to implement part of the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIG).
Through the NARIG program which supports farmers to increase their agricultural productivity, demonstration farms will be put up in polytechnics offering a forum to equip farmers with good agricultural practices.
On the other hand, the demo farms will help the youth gain skills in farming with an aim of changing their attitudes towards farming and making them appreciate it as an income generation activity.
Through NARIG, the County Government is supporting Common Interest Groups (CIGs) from the county to undertake poultry, dairy, avocado and tomato production projects.