All Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions have been directed to immediately commence online classes, effective yesterday following discontinuing of physical learning.
On Friday, March 2021, President Kenyatta suspended all physical learning activities until further notice. This was due to the growing number of Covid- 19 cases in the country.
Only Form 4 candidates were allowed to continue with face-to-face learning in preparation for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, (KCSE) exams which is on its 8th day today since it commenced on Friday, March 26.
“In respect to education in Kenya, there shall be an immediate suspension of all ongoing physical learning in all our institutions including universities and tertiary and vocational colleges, other than for candidates sitting for the examinations and those in medical training institutions, until otherwise notified,” Kenyatta said.
However, TVET Principal Secretary Margaret Mwakima announced that her department had formulated strategies to ensure training and assessment do not stop in TVET institutions.
She noted that the strategies constitute ratification of TVET Open, National Learning Management System (LMS), Distance and eLearning (ODeL) policy, National TVET Resource Repository, and capacity building of trainers on ODel among others.
“Taking into consideration the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) exams due in July, the date for all TVET institutions to start online classes has been reviewed to April 6, “ said Mwakima.
In a circular to Principals for National Polytechnics and TVET centers, the PS said the institutions should use LMS at Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC), which is available for all TVET trainers and trainees across the country.
The April 6 date is a review of the initial April 26 the Ministry had given soon following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s orders on the closure of learning institutions on March 26.