In a recent development for Kenya’s TVET sector, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Certification Council (TVET CDACC) has a new Chief Executive Officer. On November 27th, 2023, Prof. Kisilu Kitainge officially assumed the role from outgoing CEO Mr. Joseph Njau, marking a new chapter for the recently reinstated council.
The TVET CDACC, previously disbanded and its functions divided between the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), was revived under the Kenya Kwanza administration. This move reflects the government’s renewed focus on strengthening TVET, a key element in its skills development and industrialization agenda.
New Leadership Takes Helm
Prof. Kitainge, a seasoned academic with expertise in TVET, takes over the council at a crucial juncture. The TVET sector faces challenges like streamlining assessment processes, improving infrastructure in institutions, and aligning skills development with industry needs. His leadership will be under scrutiny as the council works to address these issues.
Key Responsibilities for TVET CDACC
The council plays a pivotal role in shaping Kenya’s TVET landscape, responsible for:
- Developing and reviewing national occupational standards and competency-based curricula
- Conducting assessments and examinations for TVET programs
- Certifying the competence of TVET graduates
- Advising the government on matters related to TVET policy and development
Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
Professor Kitainge inherits a council that has already formulated 446 national occupational standards and competency-based curricula. However, concerns remain regarding the efficiency of assessment processes and the adequacy of infrastructure in TVET institutions. The ability to bridge the gap between skills training and industry needs will be crucial for the council’s success.
Prof. Kitainge’s appointment marks a significant shift in the leadership of the TVET CDACC. While the impact of his leadership on the sector remains to be seen, his expertise and the government’s renewed focus on TVET offer potential for positive developments in the years to come.