Government now performs about-turn on TVET curriculum

Chris Owino showcases a machine during a past TVET event at the KICC. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

The government has authorised the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) and Kenya Qualifications Authority (KNQA) to continue with the accreditation of training courses at tertiary institutions.

This emerged after a report by the Directorate of University Education revealed that many tertiary institutions are not ready to integrate Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) curricula in their curriculum in line with expected changes as the country moves into a new education system.

The report indicates that higher learning institutions lack the capacity to implement CBET which is said to be creating pathways for creativity and skilled competencies which will blend theoretical knowledge and innovation.

In the change of policy, the technical institutions were allowed to admit trainees in the already licensed TVET Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council courses.

Principal Secretary State Department for Technical, Vocational Education and Training, Dr Esther Thaara Muoria revoked a previous circular dated September 12, 2022.

''I am aware you are in receipt of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) Circular Ref: TVETA 5/2 dated September 12, 2022 (announcing) suspension of licensing of TVET CDACC courses and training,'' Thaara said.

The Presidential Task Force on Parastatal Reforms 2013 recommended the transfer of mandate and licensing of the Tveta to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and Kenya National Examinations Council.