Principal Secretary, State Department for Vocational and Technical Training (TVET) Kevit Desai has revealed that there has been a tremendous increase in number of students getting enrolled to Tivet institutions.
He challenged Counties and private sector to take advantage of hundred innovators getting produced from the institutions.
Speaking shortly after paying a courtesy call at Wote Technical and Training Institute in Makueni County, Desai said such enrolments was the way to go in ensuring the big 4 agendas of the government are realized.
“There has an increase in number of students taking different courses such as locomotives as well as electronic technology, hospitality and plumbing. For example, here in Wote technical the number has almost doubled due to successful reforms that have encouraged students take up courses.” said Desai.
In total, Kenya has about 190,000 students in different TVET institutions which translates to 130 percent increase as of last year.
However, he decried that there has been a low number of intake of the young people which stands at 0.5 percent nationally with Wote technical having beaten such a low intake by having 10 percent of its population being young persons.
The growth has been linked to capitation students receive, promotion of Competency Based Education training where young people have been coming to the institution to acquire skills that are applicable both locally and internationally.
The PS said such institutions were catalyzing effects in ensuring that the big 4 agendas of the Jubilee government are realized and also Kenya’s vision 2030.
“The strategic importance need to be achieved through attaining the big 4 agendas: affordable housing, manufacturing, health and agricultural sector and to achieve these the enrolment to the institutions need to have at least 10 percent young people.” he added.
To conquer this, the PS called on the Counties and private sectors where TVET institutions sit to assist in building infrastructures such as hostels to keep the learners in school and promote their stay in schools.
“To have a higher number of learners in school then Counties and private sector need to assist in building hostels around technical vocations and also mobilizing the private sector to give assistance.” said the PS.
He also asked Counties to give more land for expansion of the existing institutions.
On job opportunities and fear of losing many innovative persons from the institutions due to unemployment, Desai said it was astonishing to see how young, resourceful persons end up jobless challenging Counties, private sector to create structures and frameworks to incubate these ideas.
He noted that it was now a turn for the Counties and private sector to try some of the innovative skills that end up getting showcased by various TIVET institutions at the national level competitions as a way of encouraging young people to becoming more innovative.