Government’s plan to dissolve TVETs examination council completely

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The government is planning to disband a key testing agency,(Examination officials) which could lead to a mess of testing procedures for thousands of technical and vocational training students.

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The Newskali media team today Saturday  has established that the government is getting closer to dismantling the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Curriculum Development, Evaluation and Certification Council (TVETCDACC).

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The Certification Council, which has been set up under section 44 of the TVET Act, is mandated for the designing  and developing the  curriculum for examination, evaluation and qualification certification of training institutions.

 

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At present, 249,316 learners are studying in more than 2,000 technical institutions. Of these, 12 are national polytechnics, 1,146 are technical vocational colleges, and 1,035 are vocational training centers.

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The council is making rules for examinations and merit assessment and is also issuing certificates to candidates who meet the national TVET examination and merit assessment requirements.

 

 

But all the course work currently being carried out by the council will be transferred to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) under the new scheme.

 

 

 

At the same time, all examination functions of the council will be transferred to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC). Sector players who spoke to the  Newsklali media team today Saturday questioned how the council, created by an Act of Parliament, would be diverted without amending the law.

 

 

 

Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) under the new scheme. At the same time, all examination functions of the council will be transferred to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).

 

 

An official not authorized to speak on behalf of the government said: “A report detailing the modalities for turning the council has been sent for action.”

 

 

However, correspondence shows that the completion plan began in 2014 when the government directed KNEC and KICD on transfer of works.

 

 

In a letter dated February 27, 2014 to then-education cabinet secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, the head of the Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, referenced the 2013 Task Force Report on Parastatal Reforms, which developed a new policy on government owned management. Enterprise.

 

 

“In order to deepen the parastatal reform process, a committee was appointed by the President to implement the new policy. The committee has taken a decision that you are requested to transfer the mandates and functions as per the directions. Let the process begin. In this regard, you can proceed to set up a team to coordinate the assignment in liaison with the State Corporation Advisory Committee,” Mr. Kinyua said.

 

 

And on 22 December last year, Kinyua wrote a letter to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha saying progress was slow despite instructions to the Ministry of Education in 2014 to start the process.

 

Sources reveal that a technical committee set up by Professor Magoha to work out modalities to turn the council has completed its work.

 

 

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