TVET cen­tres re­quire clear vi­sion — of­fi­cer

‘We have to fa­cil­i­tate tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tion, and im­ple­ment strate­gic ap­proach to to re­alise these ob­jec­tives’

The Star (Kenya) - - News General - FAITH MATETE @fay­matete

The gov­ern­ment has said it re­mains com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing tech­ni­cal, vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing by im­ple­ment­ing re­forms.

Chief econ­o­mist in the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry’s TVET depart­ment Eve­lyn Anupi said the fu­ture of TVET re­volves around the adop­tion of a clear vi­sion and strat­egy for the in­sti­tu­tions.

She said oth­ers in­clude nondis­crim­i­na­tion with re­gard to age, gen­der, dis­abil­ity or sta­tus, and en­sur­ing cur­ric­ula are in tan­dem with skills needed in the job market.

“We have to fa­cil­i­tate tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tion, and im­ple­ment strate­gic ap­proach to re­duce frag­men­ta­tion of ef­forts to re­alise these ob­jec­tives,” Anupi said.

She said TVET com­ple­ments and sus­tains ed­u­ca­tion ef­forts. Anupi said it acts as a lever­age for Kenya’s de­vel­op­ment as an ed­u­ca­tion and knowl­edge hub. Mak­ing this a re­al­ity re­quires an en­abling leg­isla­tive frame­work and a strong reg­u­la­tory body, Anupi said.

“Bod­ies such as TVETA, Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment, As­sess­ment and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Coun­cil, Kenya Na­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Author­ity and TVET Fund­ing Board are crit­i­cal,”she said.

The of­fi­cer said this will se­cure the ground for youth ea­ger to at­tain higher ed­u­ca­tion and skills for their de­vel­op­ment. Anupi spoke on Fri­day, dur­ing the launch of the Kisumu Na­tional Polytech­nic Strate­gic Plan 2016-20 and ISO re-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cer­e­mony.

She said the plan will play an im­por­tant role in the re­al­i­sa­tion of the in­sti­tu­tion’s as­pi­ra­tion to be a word-class polytech­nic in TVET and re­search.

Kenya Bu­reau of Stan­dards MD Charles Ong­wae, in a speech read on his be­half by re­gional man­ager Mar­garet Aleke, as­sured or­gan­i­sa­tions with ISO 9001:2008 cer­ti­fi­ca­tions that they will be given guid­ance for tran­si­tion from the 2008 to 2015 ver­sion.

He said or­gan­i­sa­tions with the 2008 ver­sion have three years to tran­si­tion af­ter which the ISO 90001:2008 will be ren­dered ob­so­lete.

/FAITH MATETE

TVET depart­ment chief econ­o­mist Eve­lyn Anupi and Kisumu Polytech­nic prin­ci­pal Joyce Nyan­jom (in white) dur­ing the launch of the in­sti­tu­tion’s 2016-20 strate­gic plan and ISO re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Kisumu on Fri­day

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