Kirinyaga County polytechnic heads trained on new TVET curriculum


Kirinyaga County polytechnic heads trained on new TVET curriculum
Polytechnic principals training at Sagana Fisheries on value addition program. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kirinyaga County Youth Polytechnic Principals and their deputies have undergone training on the Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) curriculum for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

The training that was conducted by TVET Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council (CDACC) was held at the National Aquaculture Research Development & Training Center, Sagana on Monday.

The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Education, James Kinyua, said that the training was aimed at building the capacity of the polytechnic managers to properly implement the new education and training curriculum which enables trainees to be assessed and certified based on their areas of competence.

He said that the curriculum recognizes that learners have different aptitudes and potential and therefore are certified in the courses in which they excel other than being judged based on a combination of courses some of which they may be incompetent in.

David Gatimu, a TVET Curriculum Developer who took part in the training of the officers said that the training will enable TVETs effectively implement the new mode of training as well as how to evaluate a trainee’s competence among other aspects of the curriculum.

The officer added that in the competence based curriculum, an individual can now be awarded a Certificate of Competence upon demonstrated competence in one unit in a skill area or a National Certificate upon demonstrated competence in all units of competence in a skill area.

Kirinyaga County CEC for Education said the CBET training took place alongside the sensitization of polytechnic heads and the county’s Ward Administrators on a program whereby the polytechnics are partnering with the Department of Agriculture to implement part of the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth project (NARIG).

Through the NARIG program which supports farmers to increase their agricultural productivity, demonstration farms will be put up in polytechnics offering a forum in which farmers will be equipped with good agricultural practices.

On the other hand, the demo farms will help the youth gain skills in farming with an aim of changing their attitudes towards farming and making them appreciate it as an income generation activity. Through NARIG, the County Government is supporting Common Interest Groups (CIGs) from the county to undertake poultry, dairy, avocado and tomato production projects.

Kirinyaga County has 15 youth polytechnics which the Governor Anne Waiguru-led administation has been supporting to ensure they offer a conducive environment for quality training.

In the last three years, the Kirinyaga County Government has constructed 20 polytechnic classrooms and renovated others. It has also build dormitories, workshops and computer laboratories in various polytechnics across the county.

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