The government through the State Department for Technical Vocational Education and Training has begun interviews for 1,300 TVET trainers.
According to TVET Principal Secretary Esther Muoria, the interview process has commenced at ten different locations across the country.
Muoria personally inaugurated the process at Kisumu and Sigalagala National Polytechnics.
She emphasized that recruiting the right tutors is crucial to achieving the government’s vision of equipping the youth with the necessary skills and competencies.
“The recruitment of qualified personnel will play a vital role in supporting the implementation of reforms within our TVET institutions,” Muoria stated.
“I oversaw the beginning of the process by conducting spot checks at two stations: Kisumu and Sigalagala National Polytechnics, which collectively hosted 38 institutions in these regions.”
The PS urged the panelists to uphold Kenya’s constitution and adhere to relevant legislative requirements that ensure a fair, transparent, and competitive selection process.
During a meeting with the Committee on Education and Research on May 16, Muoria highlighted a severe shortage of trainers, with a current deficit of 5,417 teachers.
She disclosed that the Public Service Commission approved the recruitment of 3,000 trainers, amounting to a cost of Sh1.992 billion in the 2023/24 Financial Year.
“However, the State Department was allocated Sh720 million, leaving a balance of Sh1.27 billion,” Muoria explained.
She identified funding constraints, particularly in terms of capitation, recruitment and promotion of trainers, and the lack of equipment in 70 recently completed institutions, as critical areas requiring resources.
Additionally, Muoria stated that an amount of Sh15.2 billion is needed for equipping the completed institutions, while Sh2.095 billion is required for technical training financing.
On March 3, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu called upon the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions to revamp TVET training by focusing on competence-based skilling.
Machogu emphasized that the government is dedicated to expanding the TVET sub-sector in order to generate employment opportunities and fulfill the growing need for skilled labor.