By Shadrack Nyakoe
The Government wanting to ensure 100% transition in education, has highly subsidized Technical and vocational training.
Together with the Higher education loans board, the government has provided seamless entry and exit to TVET.
All Technical Training Institutes(TTIs) countrywide require a minimum of Ksh.56,400 per year as tuition fees for any course at any level (Diploma, Certificate or Artisan).
The Government upon admission gives every trainee in any TVET Ksh.30,000 non refundable as capitation. This then means that the trainee only needs to pay Ksh.26,400 to study. This translates to around Ksh.8,800 per term.
The Government through the Higher Education Loans Board then will gives a minimum of Ksh.40,000 per year to any trainee who applies for it.
Out of the amount, Ksh.26,400 goes directly to the institution to clear the school fees balance and 13,600 goes to the trainees bank account as upkeep.
According to a Technical Trainer, over 80% of students are sustaining themselves through tertiary education without the help of parents or guardians.
“TVET courses offer higher employability because they are tailored to be more practical than theoretical. Our populations are manageable meaning we are able to offer customized learning to individual trainees depending their ability to comprehend and grasp concepts. Due to the upcoming industrial and technological revolutions, people with Technical Training will be more employable than those that are not. From January this year the government has provided tax reliefs to institutions and organizations that absorb more than 10 trainees from Technical institutions. This will see massive absorption of our trainees to the job market. With a C- one can undertake a Diploma, D Plain a certificate course and anything below that an Artisan course. No body has failed more than what TVET can take,” a Technical University of Kenya Trainer told KSN Media.