The TVET Authority (TVETA) today launched the Fourth Volume of the Kenya Journal of TVET in a ceremony held at a Nairobi hotel.

The event was graced by the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education Hon. Hassan Noor Hassan, the Principal Secretary State Department for Vocational and Technical Education (VTT) Dr. Margaret Mwakima, TVETA Board of Directors Chairman Prof. Ahmed Ferej, KTTC principal Dr. Edwin Tarno, KATTI Chairlady Gloria Mutunga and Prof. Bounventure Kerre, Chief Editor, KJ-TVET.

The journal collected research writings based on the theme: Relevance of TVET in changing times. The sub themes included TVET innovative responses in the COVID-19 era, ODeL in TVET, TVET and the changing expectations of the world of work, TVET and Entrepreneurship: The Missing Link, and TVET and Employment Creation.

The CAS challenged the TVET stakeholders to establish networks to undertake collaborative research that will lead to provision high quality data which is necessary for continual improvement any sector.

“The journal will provide us an opportunity for direct interaction with the all stakeholders and nation at large, share our achievements, challenges, our hopes, fears and projection for future. It also provides a novel beginning for stakeholders in the TVET subsector to consolidate and disseminate their research efforts through this and future publications of the KJ-TVET and other related research Journals,” he said.

The PS noted that the solution to problems and challenges in the TVET sector require systematic approach in data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

“The findings from the research should be used as the basis for policy formulation and decision making. I therefore encourage TVET Authority and all stakeholders to strengthen research in TVET.”

TVETA Chair Prof. Ahmed Ferej said that TVETA plans to work with all stakeholders to ensure there is research and data that will be used to guide policy formulation and in decisions making.

While TVETA DG/CEO Dr. Kipkirui Langat said the Authority will offer the platform to TVET stakeholders to share peer reviewed research articles in the area of TVET. He said the Authority will publish the journal annually.

“The journal will be part of our branding of TVET as an important pathway. It will compliment other initiatives the ministry has put in place to rebrand TVET, including the participation in WorldSkills Competition,” Dr. Langat said.