The Chief Executive Officer of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Certification Council (TVET CDACC), Dr. Lawrence Guantai, has proposed that TVET colleges should be granted the autonomy to design their own exams, moving away from dependence on the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).
Guantai stated that the move would help technical institution students establish strong connections with industries.
He stressed the need for a departure from conventional training methodologies within TVETs, advocating for the integration of innovative approaches.
Guantai emphasized the significance of practical learning experiences within the job market, suggesting the implementation of a work-integrated policy and strategy to ensure that students spend substantial time within industries, thereby cultivating skills directly applicable to the job market.
Recommendations were put forth for technical institutions to upgrade their equipment to match the standards prevalent in the labor market.
Guantai underscored the importance of recruiting skilled technicians and technologists to train students in emerging fields like Artificial Intelligence (AI).
He urged trainers to execute the new curriculum fully, emphasizing the importance of harmonizing training standards to equip learners with universally adaptable skills.
The Ministry of Education revealed a significant surge in student enrollment in TVET institutions from 92,000 in 2018 to 320,000 in 2023.
Ezekiel Machogu, the Education Cabinet Secretary, indicated that the reforms within TVETs are designed to align training with the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda, empowering young individuals to acquire proficiencies for environmentally conscious employment opportunities while addressing climate change concerns.