NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1 – The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) has declared eight technical institutions in Nairobi closed citing that they had not fulfilled the standards set by the TVET Act 2013.
The institutions that have been closed are Milele Africa Aviation College, Kenya Institute of Cargo Forwarders, Temple College, Kenya Institute of Foreign Languages and Professional Studies, Language Connections Centre and Kenya College of Commerce and Hospitality.
According to TVETA’s Chairman Professor Wilson Ogola, the reasons for closing the schools include offering training without being registered, accredited and licensed and failure to apply to TVETA for registration, accreditation and licensing. Other reasons that led to the closure of the colleges include offering courses without TVETA’s approval and also failing to comply with the notice in newspapers to rectify the act of conducting business without a registration and license.
“Having issued communication alerting institutions on these matters as per section 17 of the Act on 8th and 14th January this year on national newspapers, institutions that have not submitted applications for registration and licensing are targeted for closure starting with Nairobi and thereafter be rolled out to other counties in due course,” Ogola said.
TVETA’s Director General Dr Kipkirui Langat echoed the Chairman’s statements by stating that the crackdown was in a bid to ensure safety to Kenyans seeking admission on unregistered TVETA training institutions.
“All TVETA institutions must comply with the provisions of the Act in order to produce competent skilled workforce for the country to achieve Vision 2030 and for global competition,” he said.
“For an institution to qualify for registration, it must be in line with the stipulated standards. For instance, you cannot say that you are offering hospitality courses in your school yet you do not have a kitchen. You also cannot be authorized to teach four courses then you end up teaching twelve courses,” Ogola told journalists after the crackdown process was concluded.
According to the Director General, 777 institutions have applied for registration and licensing out of which the authority has inspected 366 of them for compliance.
“Of the number, a total of 82 technical and vocational training centres have already been approved by the Board for registration and licensing while 258 institutions have been recommended for improvement,” Langat said.
He added that the list of the institutions will be published on the Authority’s website.
“I want to ask students to beware of the kind of schools they enrol in. Ensure that they are licensed and registered to guarantee quality education,” Langat concluded.