The Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the Sessional Paper No. 1 of 2019 (on Policy Framework for Reforming Education and Training for Sustainable Development in Kenya) both create a platform for inclusive and equitable access to education and training. Further, the Kenya Vision 2030 avers that education provided in Kenya shall be accessible, relevant and globally competitive. Through the Kenya National Qualifications Framework (KNQF) Act No. 22 of 2014, Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) was established to develop and implement a harmonized and centrally coordinated national qualifications system as an enabler of realizing lifelong learning. The purpose of the system is to align and harmonize articulation, classification, registration, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation of national qualifications. The Authority has hence forth established the Kenya National Qualifications Framework (KNQF) as a tool to facilitate vertical and horizontal integration and life-long learning through harmonization and mapping of qualifications attained from formal, non-formal and informal settings of learning.
A National Advisory Committee (NAC) for KCATS and the CATS implementation Technical Committee – for Agricultural Qualifications has been constituted to provide guidance and technical advice on the implementation of KCATS. For the system to be implemented effectively, there is need for awareness creation and capacity building of the stakeholders. To this end, the Authority has organized for stakeholder workshop to launch and create awareness of CAT system.
Participants of the workshop includes the following:
- KCATS National Advisory Committee;
- CAT system Technical Committee;
- Qualifications Awarding Institutions;
- Training providers and assessment centres;
- Private sector/industry;
- Regulatory bodies;
- Assessment/Examination bodies;
- Professional bodies;
- Curriculum development bodies; and KUCCPS
The workshop seeks to launch the system, inaugurate the two committees and create awareness of the KCATS.
Against the above-mentioned backdrop, the objective of the workshop is to: –
- Inaugurate and sensitize the National Advisory and Technical committees;
- Create awareness among stakeholders;
- Validate KCATS Implementation Framework; and
- Way forward in implementation of credit systems.
The anticipated outcomes of the workshop are:
- Launched CAT system;
- Inaugurated committees;
- Sensitized stakeholders; and
- Way forward on CATS roll out.