State to employ technical tutors

Principal Secretary State Department for Vocational and Technical Training, Kevit Desai [centre] talks to Swahili Port patron, Mahmoud Noor [left] during the meeting between Principal secretary and youths at Swahili port.. Looking on is Chairman council of Coast Polytechnic, Osman Varwani [right]. [Photo: Omondi Onyango/Standard]

The Government is planning to recruit 3,000 trainers to meet the high demand for tutors in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the country.

Technical Education Director Meshak Opwora said the Government was also planning to recruit qualified personnel to replace principals and their deputies who had left.

Dr Opwora was speaking during the annual Kenya Association of Technical Training Institute conference in Mombasa yesterday.

He said reforms in the sector were focused on access, equity, quality and relevance of training programmes to meet life challenges students face after school.

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He said since Government had decided to use institutes to drive President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four development agenda, there would be competitive recruitment of those expected to head them.

“The promotion of principals will be pegged on the number of students enrolled and their performance in national examinations.”

Meanwhile, the Government, through the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, has also partnered with Swahilipot Incubation Centre to launch Pwani Innovation Week.

Critical role

“Innovation and research play a critical role in our vocational training institutes and that’s why we support the initiative been undertaken by Swahilipot to promote technological development among youths,” said Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Kevit Desai.

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Pwani Innovation Week is set to take place at Kenya Coast Polytechnic in December.

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