Sh500 million for research in technical training

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Kenya has benefited from an enhanced research allocation of Sh500 million translating to 2 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

However, the uptake of research and government funds to support scientific undertaking such as interventions innovations by TVET institution was still very low compared to universities.

Principal Secretary (PS) for State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, Dr. Kevit Desai, said TVET sector, as an enabler of the ‘Big Four’ Agenda was poised to play critical role in developing relevant skills to advance Kenya’s socio-economic agenda.

Dr. Desai termed social inclusivity, poverty alleviation, increased labor productivity and sustained economy as engine of economic restructuring and transformation.

The PS made the remarks Thursday at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu City, where the three- day, 2nd National TVET Fair and Robotics contest brought together technical institutions from across the country who displayed outstanding scientific innovations.

He urged the Industrial Sector to partner with training institutions in a bid to increase value addition on their products to compete favorably at the global level.

The PS described TVET as the biggest game changer towards curbing unemployment in the country through its provision of knowledge, skills, and innovation.

He challenged young people to embrace technical and vocational courses as opposed to white collar jobs which were hard to come by.

Dr. Desai also called for the establishment of an incentive scheme targeting investors in TVET to help stimulate local manufacturing and coordinate skills training.

He called for the establishment of production units to act as learning factories in all TVET institutions to ensure that all departments are used optimally in skills training and productivity.

The PS made an extensive tour of Ramogi Institute of Technology (RIAT)and Kisumu Polytechnic which boasts of some of the State-of-the Art machineries expected to help restore student interest in pursuing science related courses.

Source: Kenya News Agency