State Department for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in partnership with Google and the ICT Ministry is set to provide last mile internet connectivity to technical institutions in the country at a cost of Sh 1 billion.
Speaking during the closure of a three-day Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Council meeting in Naivasha, State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Dr Margaret Mwakima, said the Department has already mapped out TVET institutions that are set to benefit from the project, that would facilitate smooth learning process. Dr Mwakima said the adoption of internet learning across the institutions, had been hastened, after Covid-19 pandemic disrupted in-person learning process.
The PS noted that some of the TVETs institutions were able to embrace Open, Distance and E-learning (ODEL), with Eldoret National Polytechnic leading, in providing the learning model to 41 other learning institutions in the country. The PS added that with improved internet infrastructure in the technical institutions, the trainees will be exposed to cutting-edge technical technology used in other countries and which they will employ locally.
She also lauded trainees from different TVET institutions, who took advantage of the challenges brought forward by Covid-19 pandemic, to be innovative and provide solutions to emerging gaps in the various fields. Consequently, the PS noted that the government in collaboration with the World Bank, has also mapped out national polytechnics that will be transformed into centers of excellence. She singled out Kisumu National Polytechnic, that will be a centre of excellence in textile technology, Meru National Polytechnic to major in Mechatronics engineering, while The Kenya Coast National Polytechnic will train on matters blue economy and seafarers.