Machogu stresses on need to harmonize skills through RPL

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu has emphasized the importance of harmonization of skills through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and micro credentials with the Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) curriculum.

Speaking during the release of the March/July CBET results at Kenya School of TVET in Nairobi, Machogu said that the Affordable Housing Programme has potential to create employment opportunities for youth to showcase their skills which they acquired informally.

“Through Recognition of Prior learning, we will ensure they have the requisite credentials to facilitate their employment,” he said.

Experts in the education sector led by Kenya National Qualifications Authority Acting (KNQA) have already reviewed the RPL policy framework and differentiated unit cost and submitted its report the government.

The Presidential Working Party on Education Reform (PWPER), which released its report in August this year, recommended the implementation of RPL policy and Credit Accumulation and Transfer Systems (CATS) in Kenya.

KNQA Director General Dr. Alice Kande said that the move aims to provide a framework for recognition of skills through award of certificates, based on competence to better enable them participate in various economic opportunities.

Internationally RPL is used as a tool for lifelong learning through provision of access to higher education; Award credit towards a qualification; Admissions into formal institutions of Learning; advanced standing and credit accumulation and transfer; RPL for credit transfer or harmonization (national and foreign credits); RPL for recognition of experiential learning; RPL for upgrading of skills or qualifications and regulatory requirements of some sectors in terms of employing qualified persons.

These skills, although contributing immensely  to our socio-economic development, are mostly undocumented, unappreciated and remain  neglected.

The event was also attended by Principal Secretary State Department for Technical, Vocational Education and Training, Dr. Esther Thaara Muoria and among others.

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