The government is heavily investing in the modernization and expansion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions throughout the country, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training (VTT) Dr. Margaret Mwakima has said.
Speaking at the Kisii National Polytechnic during the fourth graduation ceremony in Kisii town, the PS said the government has initiated various centers of excellence including Kenya Coast Polytechnic for seafarer and blue economy, Meru National Polytechnic for building engineering, Kisumu National Polytechnic for textile, Kiambu National Polytechnic for industrial mechatronics, Thika National Polytechnic for automotive motor building and Nairobi National Polytechnic for automotive body building among others.
“We have also increased the enrollment of TVET students from 55,000 in 2013 to 288,000 currently,” said Dr. Mwakima.
She added that the state department is carrying out reforms that are aimed at enhancing access to relevant transition, equity and quality for TVET institutions.
The PS noted they are working on their curriculum assessment and placement of the trainers in TVET institutions and capacity building of TVET personnel as well as enhancement of innovation and working ways to improve the working environment of the trainers and non-teaching staff.
Dr. Mwakima said the government is also partnering with Mastercard Foundation to realize different agendas including the development of the National TVET blueprint which will determine the actions needed to maximize the impact of TVET on sharpening various skills for greater socio-economic development.
She pointed out that TVET institutions will now be branded in matters of skills, music, drama and cultural festivals as well as games and sports.
The PS, who was also the Chief Guest, told the graduates that the best reward they can give to their parents and the government is by offering their services to the industry and society.
Kisii National Polytechnic Chief Principal, Mr. David Mwangi expressed his gratitude to the County government of Kisii for donating a cabro-making machine to the institution saying it will enable them to tarmac sections of the institution.
Mwangi congratulated the graduates and pointed out that they are well prepared to work for various industries within the country.
On her part, Kitutu Chache Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Elizabeth Atemi urged the government to fast track the completion of Kiamwasi institution so that it can accommodate students who wish to study within town but are unable to secure a chance in Kisii National Polytechnic.
Atemi lauded the security sector in Kisii town for providing a safe environment for the students, especially the Nyumba Kumi initiative that has enabled them to sensitize the landlords and landladies hosting the students on their safety.
She encouraged the graduates not to be selective in their job search but use the skills that they have acquired to venture into business and pursue their passion.
During the graduation ceremony which saw over 2700 graduates enter the job market, Kisii National Polytechnic also marked its Jubilee celebrations since it started offering training and technical programs.
By Carolyne Omwamba and Vincent Nyambane