The government is set to commence the recruitment of 2,000 new tutors for Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) institutions nationwide starting next week.
President William Ruto made the announcement on Saturday during the inauguration of the Mitunguu Technical Training Institute in South Imenti.
He acknowledged the prevalent understaffing challenges faced by several TVETs, necessitating boards of management to cover salaries.
Ruto emphasized the government’s commitment to alleviating this burden, allowing boards to focus on ensuring students receive quality training.
“Next week we shall advertise for the recruitment of the tutors that will support education in our TVETs because we believe that a student must have access to adequate learning material and personnel so that they can acquire the competencies that are necessary for them to earn certificates and proceed to work in the ecosystems that we are building in the country,” the head of state announced.
The plan was initially announced during the Mashujaa Day celebration in October last year, with the goal of enhancing the TVET education sector in Kenya.
Ruto revealed the government’s collaboration with China to supply equipment to an additional 70 technical training colleges, aiming to improve access to tools that enhance knowledge and skills among the youth.
The Principal Secretary in the State Department for TVETs, Esther Muoria assured that efforts are underway to establish a TVET institution in each constituency.\
Currently, only 52 out of 290 constituencies lack such institutions, and construction is ongoing in some areas.
Muoria presented a progress report to the National Assembly Education Committee, indicating plans to construct 20 more TVET institutions in the next financial year (2023-24).
Ps Muoria also mentioned the ministry’s intention to create regional centers for the Kenya School of TVETs in each former province, aiming to equip youth with industry-relevant skills.