Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed
Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed

Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohamed, has today appointed the selection Committee which will be tasked to recommend and interview nominees to the Technical and Vocational Education Training Funding Board, TVETFB. According to Amina, the new board will at the same time advise the government on the remuneration of the Technical and Vocational Education Training, TVET, institutions’ tutors and establish the maximum unit cost for programmes offered in TVETs.

The new appointments will see the TVETFB chaired by Hannington Gaya, the former chairman of the Media Owners Association. The TVET Fund, that has the Kenyan Government and Donors as major financiers, was established to source and disburse funds to technical and vocational education institutions.

Other appointees to the TVETFB are:

  • Alice Mutai representing the Kenya Engineering Technology Registration Board,
  • Mutheu Kasanga from the Kenya Private Sector Alliance,
  • Joan Machayo representing the Public Service Commission and
  • Patrick Obath who will represent the Federation of Kenya Employers.

The Government increased financing for TVET institutions in the 2018-2019 budget to Sh16 billion up from Sh6 billion allocated in the 2017-2018 budget. This comes even as some TVETs were blamed by the Education Ministry for not disbursing funds allocated to students as loans and bursaries. TVETs students are entitled to a bursary of Sh30,000 and a loan of Sh40,000 per student per year.

Meanwhile, Technical Institutions Trainers’ Salaries are to be paid this week after Teachers service commission and the ministry of education resolve the funds transfer row. The Tutors who were transferred from the TSC Payroll have gone for months without their salaries.

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