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Turkana TVET Trainers retooled to boost Competency-Based Education implementation

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Trainers of technical and vocational institutions in Turkana have completed a ten-day training in Competency-Based Education Training (CBET) aimed at facilitating the transition to a new curriculum focused on competency acquisition.

The training, conducted by staff from the Kenya School of TVET (KsTVET), benefitted 37 trainers from the county’s seven vocational training institutions.

Dr. Florence Mbiti, the lead facilitator, emphasised that Turkana’s vocational trainers are now better equipped and fully compliant with the regulations for offering Ministry of Education-approved programs such as Artisan and Craft certification.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Chief Officer for Vocational Education and Training, Leah Losuru, acknowledged the support of Colleges and Institutes in Canada (CICAN) for sponsoring the training, which has elevated Turkana’s vocational trainers to fully compliant CBET service providers.

Chief Officer Losuru reaffirmed the County Government’s commitment to implementing CBET-based training as directed by the State Department of Education and advised the trainers to utilize their newly acquired skills to benefit learners under their care through effective teaching and assessment.

Director for Vocational Education, Stephen Eregae, highlighted the significance of the partnership with CICAN, which spared Turkana’s vocational trainers from the financial burden of traveling to Nairobi for similar programs.

Director Eregae emphasised the county’s commitment to strict monitoring to ensure the effective implementation of the acquired skills throughout the training programs.

Director Eregae further disclosed that the new center managers have been tasked with coordinating the shift to CBET-based training and submitting reports to the director’s office for notification to County and National Government authorities.

In addition to meeting the State Department of Education’s requirements, the training opens opportunities for Turkana’s vocational institutions to serve as training grounds for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programs.

Besides, the vocational trainers have acquired the qualification required to serve as assessor and examiners of vocational trainees pursuing industrial attachments and internships.

Turkana’s vocational training institutions in Lodwar, Lokichar, Lokichoggio, Lokori, Kataboi, Lorgum, and Kaaleng-Kaikor cater to approximately 5500 trainees pursuing various disciplines. The recent launch of the “Form Ni TVET” campaign aims to boost enrollment in these institutions, further contributing to skill development in the county.

The retooling of trainers aligns with the county’s renewed focus on equipping its youthful population with both academic and employability skills through a county bursary and scholarship fund worth Ksh 542 million, which vocational course trainees are eligible to apply for.

All 37 vocational trainers received certificates from KsTVET signifying completion of the training.

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