One Institution To Train TVET Trainers and Lectures only. KTTC has been chosen to become Africa’s main trainer for TVET teachers and lecturers
The Ministry of Education is developing a strategy to expand the mandate of the Kenya School of Technical and Vocational Education Training of the Kenya Technical Trainers College, the Principal Secretary State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, Dr Margaret Mwakima has revealed.
PS, who was the chief guest during the graduation ceremony of KTTC at Gigiri, recently announced that there are plans for KTTC to become an African Union Center of Excellence in technical teachers and trainers.
Dr. Margret said that KSTVET will offer short in-service courses to upgrade the knowledge and skills of the trainers to keep pace with the market demands and the needs of the society.
“KTTC should re-focus on developing short relevant custom-made courses to suit the diverse needs of the industry,” she instructed.
The PS said that the government had instituted a reform of the curriculum from supply-based to demand-based competency based education and training.
It disclosed that the cost of technical training was standardized across the board with the government providing capitation grants.
Dr. Margret said that TVET trainees can now get loan from Board of Higher Education Loan to further increase the cost of training.
Observing that the country depends on the innovation and strength of youth, the Principal Secretary called upon the graduates to explore innovative solutions to current global challenges such as climate change by engaging in climate smart practices in their respective areas of expertise. .
He thanked KTTC for leveraging online learning platforms to train 4,600 trainers during the period which was imposed by the government as one of the containment measures after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All national polytechnics should emulate KTTC and start their own diploma programs as their legal mandate allows them to do so,” said Dr. Mwakima.
She further stated that her department is committed to working with KTTC to facilitate its continued development for the benefit of the youths.
Chief Principal, KTTC revealed that KTTC has become a center of excellence for continued professional development of all TVET employees in the country as well as a Center for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in line with Vision 2030.
He confirmed that the college had initiated the training of over 3,000 Public Service TVET instructors who were recruited without pedagogy.
“The first team had already moved on to the teaching exercise from January this year,” he said.
He revealed that the KTTC council had approved scholarship awards for the top three KNEC Diploma and Degree graduates to pursue pedagogy at the institute from this year.
It was clear that the top three students would be given 100% sponsorship each to cover the full tuition fees for the course. He said the aim was to encourage excellence in pursuit of a teaching career.
He expressed his gratitude for the support extended to the institute in setting up the National ODEL Center (Open, Distance and E-Learning Centre) which seeks to serve all the TVET institutions in the country.
“We have already requested the government for additional funds to facilitate the acquisition of equipment and furniture for the (IM) campus,” he said.