Tough financial management measures await principals of technical and vocational training colleges when learning resumes.
TVETs Principal Secretary Julius Jwan said the ministry has put in place new guidelines to ensure public funds, especially capitation money allocated to students, is not misappropriated. Dr Jwan said names of all students to receive government capitation will be displayed on college noticeboards and the beneficiaries given receipts.
The PS said this will enhance openness and accountability in all learning institutions, with parents and auditors able to monitor money trail.
Jwan said college principals and Boards of Management will also be trained on prudent financial management.
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“We have allocated funds for training of these staff on governance and financial management to ensure efficient utilisation of resources and effective management of institutions to position TVET as a mainstream learning pathway,” he said.
The PS spoke at Sigalagala National Polytechnic in Kakamega County.
Jwan said most TVET institutions are nearly ready for opening, having attained 65 per cent compliance to Covid-19 guidelines.
He said TVET institutions have put in place measures that can contain infection and spread of coronavirus and guarantee the safety of trainers and trainees once learning resumes.
Safety of learners
“We have made extensive inspection tours across the country and TVET institutions, including small and new ones have done a fantastic job in transforming their institutions and ensure the safety of learners when colleges re-open,” said Jwan.
The PS said once the decision will be made to reopen, students will be allowed into college in phases, with priority given to those who were to sit their final exams in March and July this year. He said students will find different institutions when they report as there are massive changes.
Dr Jwan urged colleges without boarding facilities to build storied dormitories so that majority of the trainees are housed in the colleges.