KEPSA Education Sector Board leaders held a meeting with Dr. Kevit Desai – Principal Secretary, State Department of Vocational and Technical Education (TVET) at Jogoo House on 10th September 2019. The main agenda was to discuss key issues affecting the TVET sector, especially in the private sector institutions.
Dr. Kevit thanked KEPSA for the role they play in ensuring the growth of the Economy. He appraised the meeting of several reforms the ministry has done in the sector, key among them being the rollout of Competency-Based Education Training (CBET) in January this year. He added that this year alone, enrolment of students to TVET institutions has increased with more than 130 percent.
Basic Education Sector Board Chair, Ms. Mutheu Kasanga acknowledged the Ministry’s efforts and the progress made in the sector through the State Department of TVET. She noted that TVET is the best thing that can unlock many opportunities not only for young people but also for the country. Ms. Mutheu added that there was a need to continue working efficiently with all the stakeholders to take the TVET sector to the level where it needs to be.
In his remarks, Higher Education Sector Board Chair, Dr Vincent Gaitho noted that including Private TVET Institutions in the Kenya University and College Central placement service (KUCCPS) portal would help in creating Centres of Excellence for the Private TVET Institutions. He added that this would also open up the sector hence facilitating growth.
The Meeting focused on the following key areas;
- Development of Regulations to guide the implementation of the TVET Act 2013 and the review of the TVET Act 2013.
- Exclusion of the Private sector TVET institutions in the conversation on CBET training where currently the main emphasis is on public TVET institutions with the private sector not featuring in the discussions
- Accreditation and listing of the private TVET colleges offering the CBET curricula.
- Training of Trainers (TOT) for TVET institutions. The industry lacks a harmonized TOT training framework/policy. Limited pool of trainers for TVET institutions is affecting the delivery of CBET curriculum causing trainer shortage.
- Issues of placement of students to Private TVETs by KUCCPS.
- Issues of financing of students in Private TVETs by HELB
- Disjointed efforts among TVET players.
As a way forward, the Sector Board agreed to involve the State Department in some of its meetings. The State Department of TVET also agreed to involve KEPSA in policy review at all levels including trainers’ management, the committees that are looking into CBET implementation and involvement of KEPSA into the entire Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies (SAGAs) especially on representation on the boards.