The national government is allocating Ksh. 100 million for the induction and training of newly recruited Vocational and Technical Trainers (tutors), according to Principal Secretary Esther Muoria.
Speaking before the Departmental Committee on Education during discussions on the Ministry’s First Supplementary Estimates for the 2023/2024 fiscal year, Muoria emphasized the necessity of enhancing the teaching professional skills of these tutors.
The committee, however, expressed concern over the substantial investment in retraining tutors, suggesting that the funds could be better utilized in equipping learning institutions or other beneficial ventures.
Committee Chairperson Julius Melly (MP Tinderet) proposed hiring individuals with degrees in technical subjects and postgraduate diplomas in education, asserting that there is no need for additional training expenses.
In response to the committee’s concerns, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu assured that future recruitment for teaching positions in Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) would prioritize candidates with postgraduate training in education.
Despite this assurance, PS Kipsang appealed to the committee for assistance in securing an additional Ksh. 22 billion, citing a budget shortfall for the school capitation program essential for the proper operation of secondary institutions.
The committee pledged its support and encouraged Kipsang to pursue the matter with counterparts at the Treasury.
Additionally, Higher Education PS Beatrice Inyangala emphasized the urgent need for funding, totaling Ksh. 3.528 billion, to support the State department’s operations.
Notably, Ksh. 1.180 billion is earmarked for the operationalization of the Open University of Kenya.
By Obegi Malack
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