Trainers at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions will now join public service in a new scheme that seeks to boost their performance.
The scheme, which is undergoing the final review by the Public Service Commission (PSC), will see the technical training tutors leave the Teachers Service Commission.
According to Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, the Ministry of Education has forwarded the payroll data to PSC where once the transfer of the function is effected, the national treasury will be required to transfer the resources.
In the new development, the TVET trainers will have their own terms of service unlike in the past when they were lumped together with their primary and secondary school colleagues.
Briefing the Deputy President William Ruto in his Karen office on Monday, the TVET Principal Secretary Kevit Desai noted that apart from boosting the morale of the trainers, fees would also be reviewed downwards to boost students enrollment in the more than 138 colleges in the country.
“We are also in discussions with the Higher Education Loans’ Board so that they can come in and finance technical training education, the same way they do with universities,” said Mr Desai.
The PS said the new plan would also see more than 2,000 new TVET trainers recruited to cater for the current shortfall and plan for future requirements when additional TVET institutions, which are still under construction are complete.
Mr Ruto noted that by investing in technical training colleges, Kenya stands to move to a middle-income economy.
“Competency-based training is what this country has lacked for long. These colleges are going to address that gap,” said the Deputy President.
He called on the Ministry of Education to ensure that the trainers’ capacity is also strengthened “so that the product quality is in tandem with the industry demands.”
On May 18 during the graduation of the Masai Technical Training Institute in Kajiado County, the Deputy President announced that technical colleges will review their fees downwards by between 30 per cent and 50 per cent to increase student population in these institutions.
Mr Ruto said the new fees structure would be out in the next two months to make technical education accessible to all Kenyans.
The Deputy President said the journey to transform and expand technical education to boost development in Kenya started in 2013, and was now being intensified.
In the new changes, technical education training would also not be assessed the same way as the formal education with teaching skewed more on competence rather than on theory.