Nairobi,KENYA: The government has announced an increase in budgetary allocation for Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) from sh.13 billion to sh.16 billion in 2018/19 financial year.
According to education cabinet secretary Amina Muhammed, the money intends to increase the number of TVET trainers from 3,780 to 5,780 and also upscale it to 10,000 in the next five years in order to fill the gap for both current and TVET institutions that are still to be reintroduced.
The CS, however, called upon all the loanees holding accounts in default, to pay up their loans as soon as possible so that the Government can fund more Kenyans.
She noted that HELB has since disbursed Kshs. 84 Billion to 671,448 loanees out of which 396,329 loan accounts worth Kshs. 47 Billion have matured for repayment, while 275,119 loanees holding Kshs. 37.1 Billion have not matured as these loans are held by Students in Colleges and Universities.
“I announced a 100% Penalty waiver on 3rd May, 2018 to run up to 31st July 2018. 9,920 loanees cleared their loans worth Kshs. 780.1 million contributing to the reduction accounts in default from 78,000 valued at Kshs. 8.1B to 61,700 records holding Kshs. 6.6 Billion.” Said Amina.
In view of this, the Government has established 203 TVET Institutions and will establish 15 more this financial year as It is expected that every Constituency will have an operational Technical and Vocational Centres in the next five  years.
HELB is currently funding students in 74 TVET Institutions and is expected to progressively increase funding to TVET trainees in all the 203 TVET institutions across the country
The Government intends to increase the number of trainers from 3,780 to 5,780 in the 2018/19 FY and upscale it to 10,000 in the next five years to fill the gap for both current as well as TVET institutions that a still to be established.
Further, Amb Amina directed all TVET institutions to implement the smart card solution by the end by 31st December 2018 to effectively and efficiently manage these funds that have been invested in the TVET sector by the Government.