China offers Kenya Sh13Bn to equip TVETs

Kenya had received Kes13 billion from China to help equip its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) institutions. This was revealed on Tuesday by President William Ruto while in celebrations to mark 100 years of TVETs in Kenya at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

“On my way, I received news from my friends in China that we have received Kes13 billion to equip 70 of our TVETS,” said Mr Ruto.

“I’m very proud today we have changed the perception of TVETs. Last year up to 9,000 students chose not to attend universities but to come to TVETs because it has been proven that it presents an opportunity for practical skills,” Dr Ruto added.

He noted that the funds from China would be used to ensure that TVETs in Kenya are furnished to allow them to become even more competitive. “It is a coincidence that we have additional equipment to equip our TVETs. If education is the key, TVETs are the master key,” he stated.

While addressing the public on Tuesday in Kanyadoto Ward, Ndhiwa Constituency, Interior Principal Secretary, Dr Raymond Omollo, urged the youth to embrace TVETs as a means to mitigate unemployment in the country. Dr Omollo noted that joining TVETs would equip the youth with skills critical for self-employment and job creation for others

“Let our youth who have not attained university grades in KCSE join TVET institutions. This will equip them with skills which will drive the local economy.” He also highlighted the government’s commitment to investing in TVETs to build human capital, aligning skills with market demands.

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