Trainees relief as government reduces training institutions fees

The Kenya Coast National Polytechnic./ COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:If you have been trying to get into a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution to sharpen or acquire skills but do not have the funds to do so, then you have a chance now.

The government has reduced the annual cost of training in TVET institutions from sh.92,000 to sh.56,420.

Speaking at a press briefing at Higher Education Loans Board(HELB) offices in Nairobi on Wednesday morning, Education CS Amina Mohammed said the government will also provide a capitation of sh.30,000 per trainee every academic year.

“Every constituency will have an operational TVET institution in the next 5 years, with students pursuing competency-based curriculum. 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,” said Amina.

Also at the briefing was Higher Education Loans Board CEO Charles Ringera who urged students to take loans.

“Only 5401 out of 32,000 continuing TVET students have applied for 2018/19 HELB loan as of Tuesday. The deadline is on the 31st of October,” said Ringera.