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More than 130 new Technical Training Institutions in the pipeline

By Erick Abuga | October 23rd 2018
Technical Vocational and Education Training PS Kevit Desai during the Innovation Awards 2018. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

The government is putting up more 130 new Technical Training Institutions across the country.

These include one National Polytechnic in every county and at least one Technical Training Institute in every constituency.

According to the Principal Secretary, State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, Kevit Desai the government will boost the institution’s infrastructure, equip workshops and train tutors.

“It is in these institutions that talent should be turned into reality for the good of the trainees and our nation,” said Dr Desai.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring that Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) is viable, competitive and part of the country’s tertiary education system.

The Principal Secretary said that one of the key reforms in TVET sector was the establishment of Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council.

“The council has reformed TVET Curricula from programme-based training to competency-based education and training,” said Desai.

The government has also shifted the management of TVET trainers from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to the Public Service Commission.

However, according to the Director Technical Education, Meshack Opwora, up to 30 per cent of funds set aside in loans for TVET trainees have not  been claimed.

“I am asking all stakeholders at TVET to advise our trainees to take up these loans,” said Dr Opwora.

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