Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Director-General Dr. Juma Mukhwana has today urged youths to join Technical and Vocational Training Centres (TVET) to bridge the skill gap in the country.
Speaking at his home in Makutano area, Kanduyi subcounty in Bungoma county, Dr. Mukhwana said that TVET equip youths with relevant skills that are required in the job market.
“Employers want skills and not academic papers alone. It is high time people rethink and embrace these TVETs because it is one of the best places youths can be equipped with necessary skills,” he said.
The Authority director added that TVETs offer courses that are recognized both locally and internationally.
“These institutions offer competitive and globally recognized courses and those students who did not qualify to join universities should consider joining technical institutions,”
According to DR. Mukhwana, only few students who sit for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination Join University but the rest give up, do not get employment and they contribute to the high crime rates in the country.
“More than 700,000 students sit for KCSE every year and only 90,000 of them manage to join public universities. The rest of the students lose hope in life and start engaging themselves in crime,” said the Director General.
The Director mentioned that there is at least one TVET in every constituency and youths need to fully embrace them.
“These institutions are put up in every constituency. Those who are interested do not necessarily have to travel far from their homes,” he said
When asked about tuition fees, the director noted that the government fully sponsors students who are admitted in these technical institutions.
He also said that they can apply for Higher Education Loans Board HELB loan to cater for accommodation and other personal expenses.
“The government pays tuition fees for students in technical institutions. Those who do not have money for upkeep can also apply for HELB loans,”
He said that the government has also employed 3,000 trainers who are set to equip learners with the required skills.
“This year, the government has employed 3,000 trainers to help address the challenges in the institutions,” said Dr. Mukhwana.
TVETs offers courses such as masonry, electrical engineering, Information Technology, food production, hairdressing, building technology and fashion design.
It is regulated by Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA), a body that aims at promoting and regulating TVETs by delivering a competent workforce and a market relevant labour.