TVETs will make youths relevant

“Kenya’s higher education, science and technology sector is set for major institutional reforms aimed at promoting a knowledge-based economy to improve national prosperity and global competitiveness.

The country needs a culture of science, technology and innovation if it is to realise Vision 2030. This would involve interaction of institutions and processes to enable the generation and conversion of knowledge into goods, processes and services.

The government is in the process of transferring trainers at Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutes from the Teachers Service Commission to the public service. This new scheme is aimed at improving their performance and making the sector attractive.

The scheme is undergoing final review by the Public Service Commission. The trainers will have their own terms of service. Technical education training will not be assessed the same way as formal education. Teaching will lean more towards competence than theory.

Fees will be reviewed downwards to increase student enrolment in the more than 138 colleges, while the TVET Authority has been set up to manage the technical training institutions. The renewed focus on vocational and technical education is one strategy of addressing youth unemployment.” Read more at


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