Education Cabinet Secretary Magoha has transferred more than 51 college principals in an enormous shake-up that is set to transform the Kenyan technical institutions.
The majority of the transferred principals are said to have poorly managed the resources or have been incapable of innovating and mentoring their junior institutions.
Some are said to have been transferred over prudent management of funds and continuous run-ins with the learning institutions’ boards. Others have been shifted to convert sleeping institutions with improvement capabilities but have failed to revamp due to poor leadership and management.
The Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) principal, Dr Edwin Tarno, has been shifted to manage the Kenya Technical Training College (KTTC) in Nairobi while principal Sammy Waititu, of PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute, has been pushed to Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
Siaya Institute of Technology principal John Odhiambo will now head the Kabete National Polytechnic while the Sigalagala National Polytechnic principal Catherine Kelonye will be taking over the principal role at the Kisumu National Polytechnic. Keroka Technical Teaching Training Institute Evans Omwenga Bosire has been moved to Sigalagala.
The Wote TTI will be lead by Mary Mwende of the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic. Mary Mwende, the head of Kenya Coast National Polytechnic has been transferred to Wote TTI. Anne Mbogo, the principal of Kiirua TTI, has been moved to the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic.
Some familiar sources disclosed that a few principals are not in agreeable terms with the transfers as they try to pursue political interventions to maintain ranks in their institutions. The TVET Principal Secretary Julius Jwan noted that it is normal for the government to do the deployments as the delivery of service.
Julius Jwan blamed some principals transferred from the Teachers Service Commission(TSC) of some of the principals who were deployed from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) have been derailing to mould training to correspond to national goals.
He said that TVET was on leadership transformation in order to improve the college's income generation adding that the achievement of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) relies on a well-structured TVET since over 60% of the learners will be enrolled in these learning institutions with the proper attitude and expectations.
Julius Jwan noted that TVETs have a ripple effect on
Jwan said proper leadership of TVETs is critical as it has a ripple effect on employment opportunities and therefore proper leadership was needed.
World Bank 2018 Research indicates that over three-thirds of future jobs will compel workers to have technical skills more than theoretical knowledge. Mr Julius noted that TVETs are the most empirical avenue for developing readily employable mastery of skills for the youth.
The permanent secretary said that blueprint they have set on will define TVET as a satisfactory pathway with the role of each player defined.