The Principal Secretary (PS), State Department for Vocational and Technical Training, Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said that the stated that the State Department hired over 3,000 trainers through the Public Service Commission (PSC).
The trainers are to assist with the roll-out of the Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) Curriculum and the establishment of new Technical Vocational Centres (TVCs) at a cost of Sh2 billion.
“The Public Service Commission has also approved the recruitment of 3,000 trainers,” she added.
The PS asked the Sigalagala National Polytechnic’s 3,575 alumni to continue upgrading and obtaining new skills up to Ph.D. levels in order to inform policy and strategy.
TVET, she explained, is an alternative educational track designed and made feasible by the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA).
PS Mwakima noted that Sigalagala National Polytechnic was already adopting the Finance Policy, which will provide hope to other schools.
The PS stated that the government has allocated sufficient funds for infrastructure development, institution equipping, and trainer capacity building in order to promote TVET program access, relevance, quality, and equity.
“The Government has so far invested Sh20 billion on infrastructure development in TVETs since 2013 in recognition that technical skills and innovations are critical to the future of Kenya,” she pointed out.
During the Sigalagala National Polytechnic’s 3rd Graduation ceremony in Kakamega, Dr. Mwakima stated that the government has identified a number of youths and members of society with skills acquired through non-formal education who are unable to seek opportunities in the country and beyond due to a lack of accreditation.
She also stated that the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training is finalizing the TVET Blueprint, TVET Financing Policy, and TVET Advocacy and Communication Strategy, which was just launched.