Middle-level colleges are expected to benefit from the government’s decision to hire 3,000 tutors.

Margaret Mwakima, Principal Secretary for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), confirmed his week that the Public Service Commission (PSC) will begin recruiting soon.

The PS acknowledged that TVETs across the country were facing challenges such as a lack of tutors and facilities, but stated that the government was working to address the shortages.

“The number of TVET centres have steadily risen from 51 in 2013 to 238 currently, and there is need to increase the trainers base,” said the PS.

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Dr Mwakima was speaking during a tour of Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT), where she had commissioned a driving course. She stated that TVETs continue to play an important role in communities by filling skill gaps, thus the need to invest in them.

She stated that her office would collaborate with TVET heads across the country to identify the specific needs of each institution and allocate the necessary funds. RIAT Principal Maren Omondi stated that the institution has already begun work on a vision document that will be shared with the ministry to assist in resolving the institution’s challenges.

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“Apart from creating a change in the transport industry, this course will provide the soft skills which are lacking in the normal driving schools,” said Omondi.

During a capacity building workshop for principals, deputy principals, and teachers in Mombasa last month, the ministry of education announced that the government has hired 3,000 trainers through the public service commission (PSC) in preparation for the rollout of the competency-based education and training curriculum (CBC).

This will hasten the implementation of sector reforms. At a cost of ten billion shillings, the ministry of education is working to increase the number of technical and vocational education and training institutions.

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Education CS Prof George Magoha said enrollment in Tvet institutions had increased from 55 945 trainees in 2013 to 249,316 in 2021, saying the surge in numbers was encouraging.

3,000 trainers have been recruited through the Public Service Commission to complement the rollout of the Competency-based Education and Training (CBET) and the establishment of the new TVCs is ongoing at a cost of Kenya shillings 2 billion.

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