TECHNICAL TRAINING

Senators want TVET cash increased, exams harmonised

Say more funds should be channeled to TVETs to promote the development of quality skilled human resource.

In Summary
  • Legislators also recommended the harmonisation of technical examinations executed by various bodies so that one institution is charged with the responsibility.
  • Technical examination fees should be harmonised as well.
Ijara MP Sophia Abdi (left) with other leaders during the official opening of the Ijara Technical and Vocational College.
TVET Ijara MP Sophia Abdi (left) with other leaders during the official opening of the Ijara Technical and Vocational College.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Senators want the capitation for technical and vocational education and training institutions increased from Sh15,000 to Sh25,000 to cover inflation.

Members of the Senate Education committee argued that more funds should be channeled to TVETs to promote the development of quality skilled human resource needed for growth and prosperity of various sectors of the economy.

Nominated Senator Agnes Zani said a proposal by Nyandarua countywhich had appeared before the committeethat capitation be increased considerably was in order.

“It is an issue that the committee and the Ministry of Education should address. We need to work together to see to it that the capitation to TVETs is increased significantly,” she said.

Nominated Senator Mary Seneta said TVETs should also market themselves to increase intake. "We would want to see more funds going to TVETs, but they should also market the courses they are offering,” she said.

The capitation grant provides recurrent funding to all public primary and secondary schools in Kenya. Currently, the grant is Sh1,420 per learner for primary schools and Sh22, 244 per learner for secondary schools.

On Thursday, legislators also recommended the harmonisation of technical examinations executed by various bodies so that one institution is charged with the responsibility.

Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia said examinations are offered by different bodies and thus similar courses are examined differently, a situation he said may compromise the quality of training.

He said fees charged for examinations are varied for different examination bodies and are relatively high.

“Technical examination fees should be harmonised. The national government should consider offsetting examination fees charged by the examining bodies just like in primary and secondary schools,” Kimemia said.

“For instance, NITA charges between Sh5,000 and Sh11,000, depending on the course and the grade level, while KNEC charges Sh9,000 for level I.”

Kimemia further urged the Ministry of Education to clearly separate the level of training for vocational training centres (polytechnics) and vocational training colleges.

He said artisan courses should be left to polytechnics and craft and diploma courses for VTCs.

“The entry level for artisan course should be between grade D- and E. The Class 8 graduates who did not proceed to secondary before 2019 and school dropouts should be allowed to enrol for artisan courses ,” he suggested.