Machogu admits challenges exist in the unexpected global emphasis on qualifications

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu has acknowledged that challenges are rife in the unprecedented global emphasis on learner mobility, recognition and internationalization of qualifications, saying the government is committed to providing inclusive quality education in line with various policy documents.

Officially opening the Kenya Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (KCATS) workshop at the Lake Naivasha Resort in Naivasha today, Machogu cited the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform (PWPER) as aligning itself to the new global expectation, highlighting the need for a credit accumulation and transfer system that facilitates mobility of qualifications.

The workshop brings together stakeholders from various sectors to collectively contribute to a pivotal document supporting the ministry’s agenda of ensuring equitable access to quality and relevant education and training.

Appreciating the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) for spearheading the review exercise, Machogu urged stakeholders to remain vigilant against practices that could impede educational goals.

He specifically cautioned against working in silos, resistance to change and unnecessary bottlenecks in learner progression, pointing out the negative impact of such practices on the recognition of skills and qualifications.

Machogu underscored the significance of the workshop as a platform for stakeholders to share insights and collaboratively shape a document crucial to advancing the goals of learner mobility and lifelong learning at the national, regional and continental levels.

Congratulating the members of the Ad hoc committee appointed to review the KCATS, Machogu urged them to apply their expertise diligently and fulfill their responsibilities effectively.

The system aims to facilitate the seamless movement of learners between and within diverse programmes, institutions and qualification levels among Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, universities and professional examining bodies.

The ministry envisions the committee playing a crucial role in facilitating credit transfers, exemptions and both vertical and horizontal mobility of learners across different educational levels.

By Viola Chepkemoi

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