The Principal Secretary for Vocational and Technical Training Dr. Julius Jwan has lauded the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) Board and staff for the impressive work they have done since inception in 2014.
Speaking today when he paid a courtesy call on the Board and staff at the Authority’s offices at Utalii House, Dr Jwan noted that the Authority has become the reference point for the TVET sector.
“I really have to thank you for the impressive work you have done so far despite some of the challenges you have faced. You have a wide mandate and it is great you have achieved a lot within a short time. In fact, you have now become a reference point in the TVET sector,” Dr. Jwan said.
The TVETA Chairman Prof. Ahmed Ferej thanked the PS for choosing the Authority as the first agency in the State Department for Vocational and Technical to pay a visit since he was appointed a fortnight ago. He promised that the Board and management will work closely with the PS office to take the TVET sector to the next level.
The PS, who is also a Board Member at TVETA by the virtue of his office, made the inaugural visit to familiarise himself with the work the Authority does and to discuss how to address a number of sticking issues in the sector as well as get an understanding on how to create synergy between the regulator and other State agencies in the TVET sector and line ministries.
During the discussion, the TVETA staff led by Director- General Dr. Kipkirui Langat took the PS through the mandate of the Authority, the work it has achieved in the past five years and the challenges encountered, which they requested him to address.
They also discussed a number of issues bedeviling the sector including how to bring synergy and harmonization in the process of Standards development and the establishment of Centres of Excellence in the TVET sector; issues of governance of TVET institutions, especially in the management of National Polytechnics and how TVETA can be empowered to map and collect vital data in the TVET sector – like student enrolments in all TVET institutions.
The meeting also discussed the issue of the registration and management of TVET trainers and the mainstreaming of funding in the TVET sector so that students and institutions can be properly catered for.
The PS thanked the TVETA Board and staff for the insightful views they shared during the meeting.
“Your interaction and views have answered the many questions that I have encountered, and which have remained unanswered since I joined the State Department. I feel I am now properly informed. This has given me a good footing to work from so as to bring the sector to act and work together as we go about performing our duties,” the PS said in his concluding remarks.
Besides the TVETA Board chairman and Director-General, the meeting was also attended by heads of different departments at the Authority.