Kenya’s TVET Institutions Transform Education with Learner-Centered Approach and Dual Training Model

Addis Ababa, Kenya’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions are making significant strides in education through the implementation of a dual training model, in partnership with the German development organization GIZ. This model, adopted in 67 TVET institutions nationwide, emphasizes learner-centered training and is part of the country’s new Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) curriculum.

According to Kenya News Agency, Vocational Education and Training (SD-TVET), Dr. Esther Thaara Muoria, the key feature of this curriculum is its dual training approach. Trainees undergo at least 50 percent industrial training alongside 50 percent classroom instruction. This blend of practical and theoretical learning has already shown remarkable success, with a high percentage of trainees being absorbed into industries after placement.

The implementation of the CBET curriculum, fully adopted in September 2023, is a move towards more interactive and engaging education. It encourages trainees to actively participate in their learning, fostering skills like critical thinking and problem-solving, which are crucial in the current job market.

Dr. Muoria highlighted that the State Department for TVET, in collaboration with the Kenya School of TVET and other partners, has completed the retooling of trainers from the initial 11 national polytechnics and is currently working on the 13 recently elevated institutions. This retooling focuses on CBET delivery pedagogy and the use of modern equipment provided to these institutions.

The government’s commitment to supporting technical institutions through infrastructure development and manpower enhancement was reiterated by Dr. Muoria. She emphasized that this effort ensures accessibility and offers every Kenyan the chance to access technical training.

During the graduation ceremony at Kiambu National Polytechnic, where 2,001 students graduated, Dr. Muoria spoke about the government’s recognition of the need for a globally competitive workforce and the production of graduates ready for employment and entrepreneurship.

She also mentioned the collaboration between the State Department for TVET, the Ministry of ICT and the Digital Economy, TVETA, and Konza Technopolis in distributing digital labs to TVET institutions. Over 23,000 youths have been trained in digital skills and online jobs, contributing significantly to the job market.

Dr. Muoria applauded the management of The Kiambu National Polytechnic for establishing an endowment fund, currently at Sh7.5 million, which supports the less privileged and complements the Government’s New Funding Model initiative.

She encouraged other TVET institutions to follow Kiambu National Polytechnic’s example in funding and development. As the institution celebrates its 50th anniversary, it has shown remarkable growth in student enrollment, infrastructure, partnerships, and collaborations.

Dr. Muoria concluded by urging the graduates to make wise choices that will shape their futures, underscoring the vital role of TVET in Kenya’s economic development.