A team of senior officers from Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) of Malawi today visited the TVET Authority offices for a two-day benchmarking mission.

The officers, who will be hosted at TVETA offices in the two days, travelled to learn more about the TVET sector in Kenya and exchange ideas with major stakeholders in the TVET sector with a view to gain some insights as they prepare to reform their TVET Act.

The team was received by TVET Authority Deputy Director for Research and Development Dr Osawa Otta and other senior officers.

The Malawian team of six, which is led by Director of Technical and Vocational Training Aubrey Diverson Matemba is more interested to learn the following, among other issues:

  • how the TVET sector is set up in the country
  • the management of the formal and non-formal apprenticeship programme
  • recruitment of TVET trainers
  • strategies/policies to enhance access to TVET by female students
  • development of TVET curriculum
  • quality assurance in TVET
  • participation of employers in skills development
  • status of Research and Development in TVET
  • the status of TVET funding and models of funding
  • how TVET training institutions are funded
  • the status of governance and management in TVET
  • the structure and role of TVET informal sector
  • the structure and role of TVET providers in skills development

To help the team learn adequately the TVET set-up and ecosystem in the country, TVET Authority invited a number of State agencies in the TVET sector to give the visitors various insights on their areas of operation in the two days.

Today TVETA gave the team an overview on the TVET reforms in Kenya over the years and the TVET landscape and regulation ecosystem in the country. Thereafter, National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) took the team through their role in promoting skills acquisition in TVET. They were followed by TVET Curriculum Development and Assessment Certification Council (CDACC) who explained their role in CBET curricula development, assessment and certification.

Others who will meet the team are Kenya National Qualification Authority (KNQA), Kenya Engineering Technology Registration Board (KETRB), Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS), and High Education Loans Board (HELB).

The two-day discussion will be concluded by a presentation from Director of Technical Education (DTE) and Director of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) who will round up programme with an overview on the management and governance of TVET institutions – the role of National and County governments.