To oversee implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning in Kenya, the RPL technical committee held a stakeholder engagement workshop to collect stakeholder’s views and inputs on draft RPL policy. The workshop was attended by; DG KNQA Dr. Juma Mukhwana, DG TVETA Dr. Kipkirui Langat, CEO KNFJKA Richard Muteti, CEO TVET CDACC Dr. Lawrence Guantai,Director KIHBT Engineer Nabende, Chief Principal KTTC Dr. Edwin Tarno, Chair KATTI Ms Glory Mutungi, CEO KETRB Madam Alice Mutai & representatives from Safaricom, ILO, KNEC, NITA, KISE, the Kenya REDCROSS training institute, the Council of Governors, Ministry of ICT innovation & Youth Affairs (SYA), BASE TITANIUM among other industry stakeholders.
Dr. Juma Mukhwana noted that the policy framework is premised and driven by both industry and private sector for the purpose of quality and relevance in terms of education and training, The policy will enhance coherence on training, assessment to ensure quality of qualifications offered through the RPL process. are effective and are of highest quality and integrity and meet national standards, the qualifications offered is expected to be like any other in the formal system and compete effectively without discrimination so coordination with all sectors is critical for integrating RPL in the existing system legal and employment frameworks for acceptability and ownership.
Juakali sector C.E.O Richard Muteti noted that RPL will be a game changer as it will enhance economic opportunities for the artisans and craft persons as well as societal recognition of there efforts in the economy. Dr. Lawrence Guantai C.E.O TVET- CDACC says that CDACC is ready to assess and certify RPL candidates for partial or full qualifications for level 3 to 6 qualifications. He noted that the competence that one posses must be assessed against prescribed standards and lead to the award of a qualification.
C.E.O TVET- Authority Dr. Langat noted that RPL is an additional alternative pathway for lifelong learning for all who have been disadvantaged and marginalized to enable them contribute and access opportunities to promotion that will enhance equity inclusivity and continuity in life long learning and provide an avenue to attain recognition of there competence for improved employability. Dr. Mukhwana “The framework allows an entry opportunity to an institution, the outcome of this leads to poverty eradication unveiling an island of skills and competence making their skills visible, known and documented for economic gains.
He said the RPL system should produce human resources that can be exported to other parts of the country and also one that is responsive to the Kenyan market” He thanked all stakeholders for attending the workshop that was in response to the presidential directive on development of policy Framework and guidelines on Recognition of Prior learning. The framework is in line with the presidential directive to the ministry of education through KNQA to develop a policy Framework on RPL within 30 days. Dr. Juma Mukhwana