Government committed to ensuring provision of quality education

The government is committed to ensuring that quality of education offered in both private and public middle level institutes is standardized through common examination bodies that will be monitored by a multi-agency team, headed by the Ministry of Education.

Thika West Sub-county Director of Education, Ronald Mbogo, speaking at the Thika Institute of Business Studies Friday, when he led a Multi-Agency team that was monitoring the Kenya National Examination Council set of Exams that are currently being offered, pointed out that stringent measures have been put in place to ensure that examinations offered in all educational facilities are devoid of cheating and other malpractices.

Mbogo said that the Government had invested in streamlining quality of examinations offered in the middle level learning institutions, in a bid to ensure that candidates that graduated from the colleges answer to the demand and supply deficit, currently being experienced in the labour markets.

The mismatch between supply and demand sides of labor market occasioned by over production of degree holders could be countered by a more flexible education system that emphasizes on technical expertise, he said.

He explained that a quality Technical School curriculum would bridge the gap between the formal and non formal trainings and help provide skills that are currently missing in the job- market.

The learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes and the Government is set to organize the various stages of TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) into a coherent and transparent framework that provides for entry and passage from one stage of life to another without necessarily looking for the elusive white collar job, he said.

Speaking during the same occasion, the Principal Thika Institute Business Studies, Charles Omollo revealed that there has been an upsurge of students seeking to enroll in Technical studies as compared to previous years, adding that with the current government involvement in management of examinations, the quality of training has improved in all middle level Colleges and students were assured of internationally accepted training.

He said that the curriculum offered in TVET setups are geared towards producing a properly and effectively trained, disciplined and patriotic youth that can in-turn make a positive contribution to the development of the nation.

For most people, finding a job is the anticipated outcome of their education but in the case of technical learners, they are the job creators and initiators of innovations that create empires that employ hundreds of people, he said.

While acknowledging the role of TVET as an effective means of empowering society to engage in productive and sustainable development, Omollo challenged his counterparts in private middle level colleges to heavily invest in modern technology in order to keep abreast with the tiger economy and assist the government in attaining the Big 4 agenda.

Source: Kenya News Agency