Government keen on supporting Technical Vocational Institutions
The Karen Technical Training Institute for the Deaf will receive government support worth Sh 250 million by December this year.
The Principal Secretary for State Department for vocational and Technical Training Dr. Dinah Mwinzi made the disclosure yesterday when she conducted a tour of the institute that is located in Karen in Nairobi.
The support will include construction of modern electrical/electronic department complex which will comprise modern classrooms, state of the Art workshops, laboratory and offices.
In addition, two dormitories for male and female students will be constructed with a capacity to accommodate about 200 students.
The institute will also be supplied with electrical and electronics equipment and each student will be supplied with learner assistive devices, like braille machines.
The government has been seeking new initiatives to revive the technical institutions in the country to be able to secure the critical skills set needed to drive the country’s industrialization goals.
According to Dr. Mwinzi, government is keen on ensuring that TVET is embraced across the country.
She said TVET institutions play an important role in equipping young people to enter the world of work and in improving their employability throughout different career pathways.
The CS further noted that special emphasis needs to be put on the role of career guidance and life skills in TVET, noting that Research reports show that many companies face difficulties recruiting well-trained and suitable workforce as the demand of the labour market cannot be fulfilled adequately.
“Career guidance can open the students’ horizons and present TVET as a viable career option that is actually in line with the needs of the labour market. This programme offers a good opportunity to change the mind set of many parents and the youth about TVET,” Mwinzi said.
Dr. Mwinzi also noted that the government will build capacity of trainers by offering then scholarships to train at the Technical University of Kenya.
She disclosed that the Institute will become a center of excellence in electrical and electronics as well as an assessment centre.
Dr Mwinzi appealed to the students to work hard and make good use of the government support. She told them that during assessment, they will be expected to demonstrate knowledge since their curriculum is now competency based.
During the tour, she was accompanied by the Institute’s board chairman Dr. Kevit Desai, The Director of Technical Education in the ministry of Education Dr. Meshack Opwora, Ministry officials and other Board members.
Mwinzi said the government has been committed to changing the lingering stigma of TVET, which is common in the minds of parents and students, to be institutions of first choice, and not just places to go if one is rejected or unable to afford university education.
President Uhuru Kenyatta early this year announced a rapid expansion plan for technical colleges saying 70 new colleges are in different stages of completion, and that once commissioned, they would accommodate 100,000 more students.
The government’s plan is to have at least 50,000 learners in TVET institutions in the next five years. This year alone, the government has allocated Sh 500 million towards tuition fees for students joining the technical colleges.
By Wangari Ndirangu