TVET centres require clear vision — officer
‘We have to facilitate technologies and innovation, and implement strategic approach to to realise these objectives’
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.
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