The Technical, Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) wishes to bring to the attention of the Public that in the last four (4) days starting on 11th October, 2016 closed down 12 technical institutions that had not complied with the TVET Act, 2013 in Nairobi and upcountry. This is in addition to eight (8) and four (4) institutions which were closed in December 2015 in Nairobi and Thika respectively.

The closure is a follow-up to several notices that were done on 8th January 2015, 28th July 2016 and 22nd August 2016 in Daily Nation  and 14th January  2015, 29th July 2016 and 24th August 2016  on Standard  Newspaper, advising institutions to apply for registration and accreditation in accordance with the TVET Act, 2013. This is so in order to bring sanity in the TVET sector and to ensure quality training that will lead to skilled and employable graduates.

The exercise was led by two Board of Directors Prof. Faith Muli and Eng. Nerbart Muriuki and the Director General Dr. Kipkirui Langat. The exercise had been done in conjunction with Kenya Medical Laboratory and Technicians & Technologists Board and the National Police Service. The Objective was to ensure that only accredited institutions operate and the prospective trainees get quality training as per the provisions of the Kenya Constitution, 2010, Sessional Paper No. 14 of 2012and the requirements of the country to achieve Vision 2030.

The closure was done because it had come to the attention of the Authority that a number of institutions were yet to comply with the law. In addition the office continues to receive complaints from members of the public on institutions offering internal certificates  and also inquiries from  prospective employers on  qualifications  and  more so  students  admitted  to programmes not approved by  the  relevant statutory bodies. Other complaints include private institutions not paying their trainers promptly thus compromising quality of training.

The institutions closed in the four (4) day exercise included; Technical Institute, Regional institute of Business Management, Bonjour Institute, Cefored Institute of Relief and Development, East African College, Pinnacle Business School,  Summit Institute of Professionals, and Bell Institute of Technology  all in Nairobi, Royal College of Science and Technology-Ruiru, Kericho Technical Institute-Kericho,  Patana Institute-Mombasa and Vihomi College-Kisumu.

In order to fulfill its mandate of coordinating and regulating TVET training in the country in accordance to the TVET Act, 2013, the Authority has so far since its inception In June, 2014 inspected a total of 781 TVET institutions for compliance with set quality standards for purpose of registration and licensing. Those that met requirements have already been approved by the Board as shown in table 1 below. Table 2 and 3 are summaries of those recommended for improvement and in progress respectively.

              Table 1: Summary of accredited institutions

NO. Category Public Private Total
Technical University 0 0 0
National Polytechnic 8 0 8
Technical and Vocational College 56 314 370
Vocational Training Centre 175 29 204
  Total 239 343 582

 

          Table 2: Summary of institutions recommended for improvements

NO. Category Public Private Total
Technical University 0 0 0
National Polytechnic 0 0 0
Technical Vocational College 16 72 88
Vocational Training Centre 34 3 37
  Total 50 75 125

 

          Table 3: Summary of institutions under progress

NO. Category Public Private Total
1.        Technical University 4 0 4
2.        National Polytechnic 2 0 2
3.        Technical Vocational College 17 81 98
4.        Vocational Training Centre 70 12 82
  Total 93 93 186

 

So far 74 TVET institutions with an enrolment of almost 1500 trainees have been denied registration for not meeting minimum set standards.

The list of accredited institutions is already on our website www.tvetauthority.go.ke and it is continually being updated. All stakeholders including members of the public are requested to inform the Authority of any institution they suspect is operating illegally or make any enquiries through the following numbers; 0773521470 or 0796557482 or 0789571009.

The Authority will endeavor to put in place mechanisms to accredit TVET trainers to ensure that only those qualified with the required competencies are allowed to train. Therefore all TVET institutions must comply with the Act, if the country is to achieve Vision 2030.

TVETA Act 2013 mandates the authority to ensure production of a  critical mass of well-trained human Resources to implement programmes and projects identified in Kenya‘s Vision 2030.

TVETA has and will continue to honor its commitments to Kenyans in ensuring it works with relevant professional bodies in the sector to enhance access to quality education programmes by continuously inspecting the technical institutions and updating the public on the same.