Enhancement of TVET institutions to reduce unemployment

The National Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) enrollment has increased by 71 percent; from 98, 000 in January 2018 to 168, 000 in September 2018.

The government’s target to have a minimum of 5 million or 10 percent of the students’ population in TVET institutions by 2020.

Speaking during Kabete National Polytechnic graduation ceremony on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Amina Mohammed said the figure would not only increase the pool of technical professionals in the country but also enable the nation to reduce the rate of youth unemployment drastically.

The Government plans to establish at least one National Polytechnic per County, fully furnished with state of art equipment, she said noting that each of these National Polytechnics, once fully operational, was envisaged to have an enrolment of at least 10,000 trainees.

She noted that for Kabete National Polytechnic, the student population increased from 7, 000 to 14, 000 within the same period of January to September this year.

In order to accommodate this increment, the CS said that the Ministry would prioritise expansion of infrastructure, hiring of trainers and provision of modern equipment and workshops.

The CS noted that the government was attaching great importance to TVET training as a way of addressing youth unemployment, bridging the technical skills gap in the country and building a cadre of competencies needed to drive Kenya’s national development agenda.

To this end, she added that the Government has come up with a plan to also establish at least one technical and Vocational Centre (TVC) institution in each of the 290 constituencies in Kenya that once fully operational would have an enrolment of 5, 000 trainees.

Amb. Mohamed reiterated that beyond the development of TVET institutions, the Government has introduced a scheme that makes TVET affordable for all by seeing the ceiling for tuition fee at Sh.56, 420 per annum, a reduction from Sh.92, 000 previously.

We have additional provided capitation of Sh.30, 000 per annum for every trainee enrolled in technical and vocational colleges and have also set up a mechanism for all students enrolled in TVET to access HELB loans, she said.

The CS explained that HELB was currently funding students in 74 TVET Institutions, including Kabete National Polytechnic and was expected to progressively increase funding to trainees in all the 203 TVET institutions across the country.

This 2018/19 year, the Government has resolved to enhance financing to over 150, 000 TVET trainees at an estimated cost of Sh.10.5 billion, she said.

Amb. Mohamed congratulated all the graduands of Kabete National Polytechnic community on the occasion.

She specifically mentioned the collaboration between the polytechnic and the Government of China through the AVIC Project that she noted had enabled the polytechnic to manufacture automobile parts worth Sh.10million which were exported to China.

The capacity of this Polytechnic to increase the value of Kenya’s exports and drive the growth of our economy is key consideration for the Ministry in allocating Sh.120m to construct and equip the Mechanical Engineering Workshop with state of the art equipment, she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency