Once a body like TSC is created, we will promote you based on measurable merits and not based on the number of years you have worked, Magoha.
Education Secretary prof George Magoha has earlier today hinted at a possible creation of a new body that will be in charge of streamlining Technical Training institutions (TTI) to enhance the quality of training.
“Once a body like TSC is created, we will promote you based on measurable merits and not based on the number of years you have worked”, Magoha said during the opening of the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATT), annual delegates meeting for principals, deputy principals and directors in Mombasa.
The CS response came after a concern was raised by the KATTI delegates led by their chair Gloria Mutungi over lack of promotions and low remunerations.
He went ahead to caution the teachers to stop giving leading learners to look for jobs after graduation instead of helping solve problems.
“Ask yourself whether or not you connect with your students. If you are training people to go out and look for jobs after graduating, then you have failed. the government has empowered you to train students on how to solve problems”, added Magoha.
Magoha said that since Many students now prefer joining Technical Training institutions, there’s a likelihood of huge growth of the institutions Soon.
According to Principal Secretay, State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Dr. Margret Mwakima, the government has increased the number of TVET institutions from 52 in 2013 to 238 in 2021 at a cost of Ksh 10.6 billion, of which 192 institutions are already operational and 46 are nearing completion.
“Since 2019, Shs 10.3 billion capitation government grants and 11.1 billion HELB loans have been issued to TVET trainees. Enrollment in the institutions has increased from 55,945 in 2013 to 249 316 in 2021”, said Mwakima.
She further stated that the State Department is refurbishing four special TVET institutions at a total cost of Shs 800 million to promote equity and participation in the sector.
Dr. Mwakima said there has been a provision to equip 214 engineering workshops in the 192 operational institutions with state-of-the-art training equipment at a cost of Shs 24 billion.
“Currently. There are 12 National Polytechnic but plans are underway to establish nine more to increase Centres of Excellence in the TVET sector”, Mwakima said.
The additional polytechnics include Coast Institute of Technology in Taita Taveta, Jeremiah Nyaga TTI in Embu, Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology in Nakuru, Michuki TTI in Muranga, Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology in Kiambu, Bureti TTI in Kericho, Mawego TTI in HomaBay and Masai TTI in Kajiado.