Why do technical students appear more useful than graduates?
Universities have downplayed the narrative that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students are better ‘baked’ than theirs.
A former TVET Director Norman Wambay knows just where to direct the blame: University professors. According to Wambayi, former Director of Skills and Quality Assurance, professors in Universities are ‘dry’ interns of skills — and are transmitting that to their students.
“Professors are sick. They do not have skills to offer to their students. They make students graduate and have nothing to offer once they are in their respective fields. It’s a pity to them (students),” Wambayi told Campus Vibe, adding: TVET students are more knowledgeable in terms of skills than the university comrades. He says Universities should be a hub of increasing knowledge and not dealing with ‘minor’ issues that will distract them from research.
On her part, Director of Curriculum at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Dr. Trizah Okoth said: “TVET centres receive low number of students thus making their learning individualised. This is why they feel like they are better than us — which is not the case,” Dr. Trizah Okoth, Director of Curriculum at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology said.
She went on to say: “Currently the university is coming up with different mechanisms to ensure that our high numbers are well taken care of to complete favorably in the job market with the TVET ones.”
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