105,000 TVET students have so far applied for Helb loans ahead of the October deadline

As at September 19, about 105, 000 Technical and Vocational Education Training,Tvet, students had completed TVET loan online applications against 124,100 targeted by the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) for the first, second and even subsequent applicants at a total value of Sh4 billion for 2019/20 financial year.

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Helb currently funds students in 111 Tvet colleges; compared to 74 last year. These are colleges approved by the Technical and Vocational Education Training Authority, TVETA, and are members of Katti. The deadline for application is October 31, 2019

For those who had submitted their loan applications and were approved, disbursements began on September 16, 2019.

About 1,500 students earlier admitted in public universities opted to join technical colleges this year, with the government insisting there are huge shortfalls in technical manpower in both public and private sectors.

Partnerships

The government in a partnership with a Chinese construction firm, Avic International Holdings, have supplied and equipped 144 Tvet Institutions with modern training equipment worth Sh16.8 billion for 10 disciplines and built capacity for trainers on use of the equipment.

Tvets students’ population

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There are about 4,000 trainers currently in public Tvet training institutions, but with a shortage of a similar number. The government has started the process of recruiting another batch of 3,000 trainers to bridge the gap.

TVETA puts the number of registered institutions at 11 national polytechnics, 827 (672 private and 155 public) technical and vocational colleges.

There are 747 (58 private and 669 public) vocational training centres. Last year saw the student population in technical and vocational colleges rise to 363,884, with female students accounting for 43.7 percent of total student enrolment.

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