CS Machogu asks tertiary institutions to embrace KCATS

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Education CS Ezekiel Machogu

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has asked tertiary institutions to familiarise themselves with the Kenya Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (KCATS) developed by Kenya National Qualifications Authority and other stakeholders.

Mr Machogu said this will assist the training institutions in making informed decisions about their training programmes.

“The Kenya National Qualification Framework (KNQF) serves as a guide for your progression, outlining various educational and training pathways available to you,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

Mr Machogu made the remarks during the release of results slips, certificates and November/December 2023 assessment results by TVETCDACC at Kenya School of TVET.

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Through Kenya Credit Accumulation and Transfer System, the Ministry of Education envisage to ease movement of learners between and within various programmes, institutions and levels of qualifications such as TVET institutions, universities and even professional examining bodies.

“I encourage each and every one of you to embrace the diverse pathways that lie ahead. Our education system is designed to provide you with a solid foundation upon which you can build your future. Whether you choose to further your studies, pursue a career in your chosen field, or explore entrepreneurship opportunities, know that you have the skills and capabilities to succeed,” said Mr Machogu.

This will not only facilitate credit transfers, exemptions, but also vertical and horizontal mobility of learners at all levels of qualifications to enable entry, re-entry and exit.

According to KNQA acting Director General Dr Alice Kande, education and training sector are currently putting in place tools and frameworks to fast track implementation of the CBET reform agenda.

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“The KCAT System policy is one of the fundamental frameworks that will provide a common platform for comparing and recognizing competences and skills attained through the CBET Model,” said Dr Kande.

The Presidential Working Party Report on Education and Training flagged out the need to develop and implement an RPL policy and Credit Accumulation and Transfer system policy to facilitate recognition and mobility of skills and qualifications.

“Thus, through the two policies, Qualifications Awarding Institutions shall able to assess and recognize competences and qualifications attained from formal, informal and non-formal settings,” said Dr Kande.

At the same time, Mr Machogu called on industry stakeholders to open their doors and welcome new trainees into the workforce.

“These young individuals possess the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm needed to contribute positively to your organizations. By providing them with employment opportunities, you not only invest in their future but also in the growth and development of our nation,” added the Cabinet Secretary.

He also encouraged trainees to explore alternative avenues such as entrepreneurship and diaspora jobs noting that the world is full of opportunities waiting to be seized and with determination and innovation, the trainees can carve out their own path to success.

A total of 30,204 result slips, 846 National Certificates and 129 Certificates of Competency across the assessment levels were released to the trainees.

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