Kenya to launch RPL policy as first batch of students graduate

Technical and Vocational Education and Training  PS Dr Esther Muoria (right) consults with Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Ag. Director General Dr. Alice Kande during a meeting at Jogoo house on Wednesday, August 30, 2023.

The first group of students who have completed the Recognition Prior Learning (RPL) programme will graduate next month, the government has announced.

The RPL policy, which aims to transform the education sector by assessing and certifying skills acquired through experience, will also be launched during the graduation ceremony on October 6, 2023.

Dr Esther Muoria, the Principal Secretary for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, said the policy and guidelines will provide standards for recognising the knowledge, skills and competencies of individuals regardless of when, where and how they were acquired.

“RPL is a tool for life-long learning that enables access to higher education, credit transfer and admission into formal institutions of learning. It was introduced by former President Uhuru Kenyatta and will enhance the skills of learners and expand their opportunities in employment and advanced learning,” she said.

She was speaking on Thursday at Jogoo House when she received a brief on the review of RPL implementation guidelines and policy framework from a technical committee set up last month by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu.

The review is led by Dr Alice Kande, the acting Director General of Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA), and involves experts from International Labour Organisation (ILO), Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations.

Dr Kande said the policy will harmonise the national curriculum development approach to produce quality skilled human resources that meet the needs of the job market.

“By actively engaging with academic institutions, experts can provide valuable guidance on curriculum design, ensuring that courses align with current and future needs of the job market. Through collaborative approach, academia can also contribute by tailoring curricula to meet industry needs,” she said.