Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi at the inauguration of the NTA Board
It is common knowledge that economies are transformed by small and medium enterprises and skills is a critical driver. Unfortunately, vocational education and training is seen as a last resort, due to the negative perception that VET is for those who could not perform. For use to change this view we have to embark on a number activities to transform and change this negative perception.
First let me express my appreciation to the outgoing Board of Directors for putting the transformation TVET on the right path. To the incoming Board I wish to thank you for accepting our invitation to serve on this Board.
The transformation the following interventions are required:
1. We need to develop a governance model for the TVET Sector, which includes ownerships of vocational education and training centre;
2. As stipulated in HPP, we need to expand access to VET programmes – this might ensuring presence of VTCs in all fourteen regions of our country.
3. We need to ensure that trainers and management is upskilled. For this we will require a local VET training be introduced
4. At this point in time we have three different curricula models and this should be harmonized into a national curriculum for TVET;
5. Enhancing collaboration with industry, including ensuring work- based learning for trainees.
6. Entrepreneurship development programmes must be introduced at VTCs.
These are some of the critical interventions required in our efforts to transform our VET landscape.
The critical challenges include limited resources, amendment of the VET Act, lack of job attachment opportunities, etc.
It is therefore my wish that the incoming will critically look at the transformation process, in close cooperation with the Ministry, to ensure that current TVET challenges are addressed.