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The government will next year employ 3,000 tutors in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions. Employees of the teachers service commission are also encouraged to apply.

It has been confirmed by Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Margaret Mwakima that the new trainers will comprise 1,000-degree holders and 2,000 diploma, graduates.

She has also ordered a full rollout of the Competency-Based Tvet (CBET) curriculum next year to promote skills development.

She was addressing technical trainers at the Pride Inn Beach Resort in Mombasa during a human resource management workshop.

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The Tvet trainers were transferred from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to the Public Service Commission (PSC) and were being trained as the government focuses on transforming the sector to produce more young people with relevant technical skills.

“We have also developed the criteria for the promotion of technical trainers and it will be implemented in full,” said Mwakima, adding that registrars and trainers in acting capacity will be confirmed.

She said the capital grants for students in Tvet institutions will be released early to ensure the smooth running of the colleges.

Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (Katti) chairperson Glory Mutungi said Tvet teachers have suffered after the transfer from TSC to PSC because their promotions stalled, and many of them served on the same grade for many years while some died or retired while waiting for higher job grades.

“We are looking forward to the document on promotion to be fully implemented,” she said.

She called for the employment of more trainers to address a big shortage in Tvet institutions.

“We are also urging the ministry to expand our institutions so as to accommodate more students as the competency-based curriculum rolls out in Tvet institutions. We need funds for expansion to avoid congestion,” she said, adding that the sector deserved its own ministry.

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