Students studying for diplomas and certificates will spend half of the course duration on attachment. This is following the launch of the German Dual training system in Kenya.
The new system contains extended and mandatory industrial training that aims at producing a more skilled work force.
Effectively, students enrolled for a three-year diploma course will be on industrial attachment for one-and-a-half years.
This is up from the usual three months period that has been adopted across the nation.
Additionally, the plan aims at ensuring that graduates from middle-level colleges have the requisite skills to increase their chances of securing jobs.
The current system has been under criticism from education experts. The experts faulted it for failing to provide sufficient practical skills to diploma and certificate students before graduation.
Attachment for TVET Students enhanced
The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) has welcomed the new system hailing it as a better alternative.
According to the KNQA Director General Juma Mukhwana, the new system will promote Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
TVET students will be attached to industries for mandatory internships that will be scored to form part of the overall grading.
Following the system’s launch in Nairobi, implementation is facilitated through the German chamber of commerce and industry (AHK) in partnership with local colleges and industries.
Dr Mukhwana was elected co-chairman of the dual TVET system in Kenya. He said the system marked a new dawn for training in Kenya and appealed to institutions and industries to embrace it.
“The KNQA is working with stakeholders to domesticate the curriculum and tailor it to local needs,” he said.
Trainers at the Kenya Technical Training College (KTTC) have already been trained in the new system.
Mukwana said industry players would also be trained in supervising and scoring students during attachment.
He said the mismatch between training outcomes and market demands had denied many graduates job opportunities.
“This has been holding the country back. The new system will increase competence levels and employability for our graduates,” he said.
He added that KNQA would support the new training plan, which has already started in a few disciplines such as repair and maintenance of mobile devices.