The government has set the stage for the hiring of 1,000 tutors for 144 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools this month, ahead of their reopening.
887 tutors will be assigned to Technical Training Institutes (TTIs), 79 to national polytechnics, and 34 to special needs institutes.
Dr. Simon Rotich, CEO of the Public Service Commission, encouraged degree and certificate holders to apply for the posts in an advertisement.
This comes just two weeks after President William Ruto stated his administration’s intention to hire more tutors in TVET colleges throughout the country.
‘‘We are going to hire 2,000 tutors this month to make sure we are up to date with the skills and competencies that are taught in our institutions, especially those focusing on engineering,’’ Dr Ruto said.
The Head of State indicated his disappointment in the decline in TVET education, saying the Presidential Working Party recommendations will ensure the well-being of TVET institutions and universities.
‘‘The TVET programme, which has been my pet project that I have been pushing since I was the minister of Higher Education, slowed down in the last four years because of politics,” Ruto added.
Speaking during the Eldoret Polytechnic 17th graduation ceremony last year, the former PS Margaret Mwakima noted that the government was committed to recruiting 3,000 more tutors to reduce the existing deficit.
”We already have the approval to recruit 3,000 trainers and we want to bridge the gap that is currently at 6,500 trainers. Our TVET institutions are constrained as far as trainers are concerned,” Dr Mwakima said.
”The funds we give in form of capitation is going to recurrent budgets rather than development projects due to many trainers being contracted by the councils or boards,” she said.
Eldoret National Polytechnic will have the most tutors recruited, with 12, followed by Kabete, Kenya, Coast, and Kisii national polytechnics, each with nine tutors. Kisumu, Nyeri, and Sigalagala national polytechnics would each receive eight teachers, while NEP Kenya and Meru polytechnics would receive six and five tutors, respectively.
Those with degrees in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Electrical Engineering (Power), Surveying, Architectural, Building, and Civil Engineering, and Medical Laboratory Technology are in high demand.
The tutors will be hired on a permanent and pensionable basis. Those in Job Group C2, formerly Job Group K, will be required to have a bachelor’s degree in related fields and be registered with relevant agencies.
Tutors would be paid between Sh35,400 and Sh46,230 per month, including a monthly commuter allowance of Sh6,000 and an annual leave allowance of Sh5,000.
Job Group J applicants must have a diploma in the specified fields and be strong in computer application abilities. They would be paid a monthly salary ranging from Sh29,190 to Sh34,440, as well as a monthly commuting allowance of Sh4,000 and an annual leave allowance of Sh4,000.
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