On Wednesday, May 10, the Ministry of Education announced that 42,144 students would get Full sponsorship to attend institutions of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) during the 2023/2024 academic year.
The government expects a significant number of students who took the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam to enroll in TVET programs in September, according to the ministry’s principal secretary, Dr. Esther Muoria.
Only 42,144 of the 145,325 students accepted into TVETS for the 2023–24 school year will receive financial support from the government.
The PS is confident about the new approach for paying students in postsecondary education, saying it promotes fairness and equity and that loans would be distributed based on need.
The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) will provide the necessary Funding, with repayment from the students expected once they have finished their coursework.
Adopting the HELB Mean Testing Instrument (MTI) will ensure that only deserving students receive sponsorship funds. Students would need not only the signature of a local priest or chief but also that of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Registrar of Persons.
The PS elaborated that MTI would assess trainees in eight different ways, depending on factors such as their parent’s socioeconomic status, the trainee’s gender, the type of school they had previously attended, the amount of money their families spent on their children’s education, the size and composition of their families, and whether or not the trainee was marginalized or disabled.
She announced that Funding would be based on the cost of the course under study, with an average of 58 percent of the cost being a Government scholarship.
She urged parents to enroll their children in TVET programs, saying the country’s 238 TVET centers were well prepared to teach students the technical skills needed to succeed in the workforce.
She stressed that after being placed by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), students would enroll in one of Kenya’s 238 TVET institutions.
President William Ruto presented a new university finance model on May 3 as a response to the debt crisis bedeviling public colleges; therefore, the remark by Education PS came just over a week after that announcement.