The State Department for TVET Principal Secretary (PS) Dr. Esther Muoria has said that the Ministry of Education (MoE) is set to deploy 1,300 trainers to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions across the country this month following a successful recruitment exercise.
Dr. Muoria made the remarks when she officiated the closing ceremony of a week-long TVET Principals’ training organized by the Kenya School of TVET (KSTVET) in Kisumu County.
She added that the State Department is also committed to ensuring the deployment of Deputy Principals as part of measures to address the gap being experienced in TVET institutions.
According to PS, the Public Service Commission (PSC) had advertised for the vacancies in March 2023 seeking applications from qualified Degree, Higher National Diplomas or Diploma holders for the trainer positions in the 220 institutions spread across the 47 counties.
Dr. Muoria stressed the significance of retraining TVET Managers on Financial Management and Governance, both of which are critical to shaping the future of the institutions.
“Over the past year, the Ministry of Education in collaboration with KSTVET has so far trained 1,896 TVET faculty and staff, which is 60% of the target population. The pool of trainees was cross-cutting and well-balanced to include Principals, Deputy Principals, Registrars, Heads of Departments, Finance Officers, Auditors, Accountants, Human Resource Officers and Facility Managers,” she stated.
She defended the new higher education funding model rolled out by the government, saying that it is poised to foster equity in access to TVET and university education.
“The government commits to ensuring that all students are adequately supported in their education under the new funding model so that no one is left behind,” she said.
Dr. Muoria urged the Principals to assist fresher students, joining in September, in applying for state sponsorship.
“As we plan to receive the new trainees in the September intake, I direct that a support desk be made available for assisting trainees who are yet to access or complete their applications for the government scholarship and HELB,” she said.
By Fredrick Odiero
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