KEPSA participated in the launch of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) strategic plan 2018 -2022 on 12th April 2018 at Laico Regency.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority ( TVETA) is a state corporation established under the TVET Act 2013 as the regulatory body with a mandate to coordinate the TVET sector through accreditation of institutions, programs and trainers as well as ensure access to quality and relevant education and training.
The plan was launched by the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Amb. Amina Mohamed. In her remarks, the Cabinet Secretary said TVET plays a key role in generation of skills for national development and access to higher earnings. TVET is also key in the realisation of the government’s Big 4 agenda to provide world class skills for irrigation, construction, maintenance of health facilities, entrepreneurial skills for trade and investment and manufacturing. Close to one million Kenyans face the risk of unemployment due to skills limitations. TVET is the only option that exists to absorb the over 40,000 students who did not progress beyond KCPE in 2017 and the over 500,000 students who did not get admission to public universities in 2018. The Kenya Universities and Colleges Placement Services has been directed to absorb all those students.
It is worth mentioning that during the 2018 placements, 503,000 students who qualified to be placed in university, will choose to undertake TVET programmes. Using them as ambassadors of TVET, the government will embark on an aggressive campaign to popularise TVET and reduce the negative perception associated with TVET. TVET graduates should be given equal opportunity to management opportunities at workplace. TVET is also an alternative pathway to university. It is the only way to secure a long term future of our country, inclusive growth and higher productivity.
The Chairman of the Authority, Dr. Ahmed Ferej, said the strategic plan is a rejuvenated road map for growth, streamlining coordination of the sector, promotion of industrial growth, job creation and international competiveness of Kenya.
The Chairman of National Assembly Departmental Committee on Education, Hon Julius Meli, said the national assembly has supported growth of the sector by passing the TVET Act, 2013 as well as passing legislation on Kenya National Qualifications Framework. Parliament will continue to oversee the sector by ensuring institutions set up by the legalisations are functional.
Dr. Kevit Desai, the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training highlighted the key role TVET plays in driving productivity and efficiency of agriculture sector. It is therefore key to align the structures and institutions’ of TVET for the realisation of the requisite competencies necessary for a productive workforce. A baseline survey was undertaken and it showed that 42% of TVET graduates pursue self-employment, only 12% pursue further studies, thus TVET is key in enhancing 100% self-employment in Kenya. Industry is important for TVETA and it is therefore critical that it engages in the entire development and implementation of TVET. The survey showed that 25% of industries currently collaborate with TVET and it was therefore important to forge closer collaborations with industry in the realisation of the strategic roadmap especially in the formulation of the occupational standards and competency based curriculum. Sectors Skills Advisory Commitees (SSACs) are the focal point of TVET reforms, it is the responsibility of the private sector and government to ensure that the curriculum developed by the SSACs are aligned to the competencies required for national development.
Dr.Desai also mentioned that, TVET is key in the overall development of the region especially the northern corridor projects and provision for prosperity needs solutions. There is therefore need for concerted efforts for improvement between public and private sector governance, upgrade competency based skills framework, and create micro system’s to ensure alignment of TVET with small and micro enterprises.
Dr. Kipkorir Lagat, The Director General of TVET highlighted that a skilled workforce is a basic requirement for driving the engine of industrial and economic growth. The strategic plan will be a road map for the authority to realise a coordinated, labour market responsive TVET system, delivering a high quality of competent workforce for sustainable economic, social and environmental development. The plan will focus on four strategic areas:
- Quality and relevance; which includes coordination and development of comprehensive occupational standards for CBET implementation as well as improve TVET engagement with private sector and other training providers.
- Access and equity: promote access and equity and to lead advocacy and rebranding of TVET.
- Governance and management: to spearhead TVET legislations and governance reforms as well as increase capacity of TVETA human and organisational capacity.
- Mobilise resources funding and financing mechanisms from both public and private sources for TVET research, innovative projects and rebranding.
The launch was attended by the KEPSA Foundation Chairman Arc. Lee Karuri, and other stakeholders in the sector including The Kenya National Examination Council, Commission for University Education, principals and trainers of TVET institutions, agencies with training institutions, development partners, private sector among others.