The launch of the TVET Competency Based Education Training (CBET) Policy Framework at the Kenya Technical Trainers College was held on 24th of October at the Kenya Technical Trainers College at Gigiri, in attendance were Principals of Technical Training Institutions, TVET partners, Representatives of National Polytechnics, Government and Ministry of Education officials and Industry Representatives.
The Principal Secretary, State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Dr. Kevit Desai said Kenya is committed to reforming its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector, based on Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) in a desire to establish an internationally competitive workforce. The Kenya TVET Stakeholders and the Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council (TVET CDACC) will work cooperatively with industry to establish labor market skills gaps and also to ensure that qualifying Kenyans can gain employment opportunities nationally and in other countries.
Deputy President Hon.William Ruto who was the chief guest at the Launch said admission to TVET institutions had increased to 90,000 this year surpassing that of universities which stands at 60,000. He said the government is doing more to admit more students by enhancing the bursary to Sh30,000 per student annually and a loan of Sh40,000 per year. He however, said that for a long time the society had condemned technical schooling and work as for failures. “I say this as former minister of Education, we have run an education system that condemns 70 per cent of our students as failures and that is a society destined to fail," he said. Noting that the country plans to grow local manufacturing GDP from 9 per cent to 15 per cent, the DP said the youth will be empowered with competency skills to run the economy. He said the government is hoping to see 100 new SMEs in the agro- processing space this year. On the new curriculum, he said the Kenya National Qualification Authority will recognize the competency-based modules as national qualifications.
The Deputy President today also said technical jobs have a poor reputation because their value is not often reflected in the remuneration of workers, Blue collar jobs are not automatic minimum wage positions, the new framework will guide the new Competency-Based Education Training Curriculum in all Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions.
The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Curriculum Development, Assessment and Certification Council (TVET CDACC) is a body corporate established under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Act, No. 29 of 2013. The Council is mandated to undertake design and development of Curricula for the training institutions’ examination, assessment and competence certification and advise the Government on matters related thereto. The first TVETA Board was appointed on 9th May 2014 through a Gazette Notice No. 3134 and inaugurated on 4th June 2014. The mandate of TVETA is to coordinate and regulate TVET in Kenya through Registration, Licensing, Accreditation of institutions, programmes and trainers, and implementation of the TVET National Quality Assurance System for development of a competent work force. The council announced that the curricula will be ready in January 2019.
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