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A Boost For TVET Institutions As National Government Invests More In Them

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The National government has increased the number of TVET institutions Nationwide to 238 from the previous 52 in 2013 to increase participation in the knowledge economy.

The national government has invested part of its resources in modernizing and expanding technical institutions to meet the human resource for the industry and re-equip the growing industrial need of the country.

During the Kisumu National Polytechnic 9th graduation Ceremony held at Kisumu Polytechnic grounds, Principal Secretary Dr Margaret W. Mwakima said that out of the 238 TVET institutions built at a cost of Sh. 10.6 billion, 198 are operational while remaining 46 are nearing completion.

“Globally TVETs have become critical in achieving rapid economic growth, social and technological improvements. This is necessary since human resources require technical skills to participate in knowledge economy. The government is investing part of its resources in modernizing technical education institutions,” said Dr.Margaret.

“In view of this, the government would like to see the National polytechnics, Technical training institutes, Technical and vocational colleges to churn out the match needed skills, human labour that meet industry requirements,” she added.

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Dr. Margaret also added that the government has allocated 11.1 billion to TVET trainees since 2019 With a conditional grants of Sh. 2 billion every year.

“This has seen an increase in enrollment from 55,945 trainees in 2013 to 249,316 in 2021,” she added.

PS for TVETs also assured that arrangements are in place to recruit 3,000 trainers to address the shortage to all TVET institutions.

According to Chief Guest Prof. George Magoha Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education urged TVET Tutors to put more focus on practicals other than theories (class work).

“This idea of students putting a lot of their focus on theories, can I encourage teachers to stop it, allow your learners dirty their hands,” Prof Magoha warned.

He advised the graduands that every job is important hence they need to accept course they have done to enable them fit in the job market.

By Jacob Oluoch

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