All Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions were yesterday directed to immediately start online classes, effective yesterday following suspension of physical learning.
Following the increasing number of Covid- 19 cases, President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, March 26 suspended all physical learning activities until further notice.
The President’s order only spared Form Four students who are currently undertaking their KCSE exams which started on Friday, March 26 and enters its seventh day today.
“In respect to education in Kenya there shall be immediate suspension of all on-going 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 said the department had developed strategies to ensure training and assessment continues in TVET institutions.
She said the strategies include ratification of TVET Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) policy, National Learning Management System (LMS) to institutionalize use of ODeL, 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, Technical Vocational Colleges and Vocational and Technical Centres.
The April 6 date is a review of the initial April 26 the Ministry had given soon after President Uhuru
Kenyatta ordered the closure of learning institutions on March 26.
She said the institutions are expected to use LMS at Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC), which
is accessible by all TVET trainers and trainees across the country.