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China partners with Kenya to improve TVET institutions

China  and  Kenya  have  signed  a  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at enhancing the state of Technical and  Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions in the country.

The  MOU  is  focused on imparting advanced skills and delivering state of the art equipment to the institutions while at  the  same  time  offering  exchange  programmes  for  the  students.

They spoke on Friday during the first China-Africa TVET cooperation conference in Nairobi.

This  is  line  with  achieving the Big 4 development agenda as the partnership targets to provide requisite skills  to five million youth by 2022 as part of addressing the issue of unemployment in the country.

The  TVET  Director General (DG), Dr. Kipkirui Langat in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Director, Bernard Shikoli  said  that  the TVET institutions play a critical role in churning out skills that are needed in all sub sectors of the  economy.

“The  government recognises TVET as a key driver for socio economic transformation, it is known worldwide as the most practical and efficient avenue for acquiring skills for self and gainful employment,” he said.

Langat  stated  that the cooperation has come at an important time when Kenya is actively looking at more efficient ways  to  develop more education and training capacity.

He  asserted  that the collaboration will promote economic and technological changes that will drive the development of  vocational education in Kenya.

Langat  said  that  the government has put in place policies and legal framework that will assist in upholding quality and  relevance of TVET.

The  DG   explained that TVET sector is undergoing reforms that will enhance skills of trainees as there is  roll out of competence based education in the curriculum in partnership with the industry.

He  emphasised  that  the government  is  keen  on building  the  trainers’ capacity as 2,000 trainers are to effectively  implement competence based education.

“The curriculum formulation and implementation will bring the TVET graduates to the centre of the stage thus increasing their employability and marketability,” he said.

According  to Langat, the  TVET has experienced an increase in enrollment of the number of trainees from 98,000 in 2017 to 181,000 in 2019.

The  DG called for the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) allocation and capitation to be increased in order to meet  the  increased uptake of trainees in TVET institutions.

The  China  delegation  headed  by  Chongqing  Vocational  Institute  of  Engineering, Vice President, Wu  Zaisheng  said  that  they  have  come  to  Kenya  to  cooperate  on  matters  of  increasing  the  levels  of  skills  and  capacity in  the  TVET   sector.

The  VP  continued to say that China has a lot to share with Kenya in their bid to achieve development goals.

“We  would like to share our economic development with Kenya and Africa at large,” he added.


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