Ruto says State to harmonise Tvet, university courses to cut unhealthy competition

Friday, November 1st, 2019 20:52 |
Deputy President William Ruto. Photo/File


The government will harmonise courses offered by Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) institutions  and universities to avoid unhealthy competition, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

He said there was need for technical institutions and universities to collaborate to boost the county’s human resources capacity instead of focusing on unhealthy competition.

Speaking during Rift Valley Technical Training Institute's ninth graduation ceremony in Uasin Gishu county Friday, the Deputy President said the government would address the issue of courses offered by Tvets and the universities.

“We will move with speed to come up with guidelines on what courses Tvet and the universities will offer to avoid any confusion and unhealthy competition. We don’t want a scenario where we have a jack of all trades and master of none,” he said.

At the same time, Ruto said the government would continue to invest in technical education, saying it was key to solving the problem of unemployment.

He said the journey to transform and expand technical education to boost development in the country started in 2013, adding that by investing in technical training colleges, Kenya stands to move to a middle-income economy.

“Competency-based training is what this country has lacked for long. These colleges are going to address that gap,” he said. 

Ruto said Big Four agenda on housing requires a workforce that has knowledge and skills in building and construction, plumbing, masonry, carpentry among other areas.

“The housing project, which is part of the Big Four agenda, will address the problem of unemployment as it will create many jobs. Experts are telling us that building 5,000 houses require the input of 25,000 workers with skills and competencies in various fields,” he said.

Tvet Principal Secretary Kevit Desai, Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet), among others, attended the event.

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