All Universities and Tertiary institutions will be required to open career service offices so as to address the needs of the youth in matters concerning career choices as well as guidance on job market demands.
The Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary Ministry of Education Prof. Collette Suda said the Ministry’s focus is to empower the youth with skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them be fully trained to handle future challenges.
Prof. Suda said the career service offices should be strengthened to enable them address the needs of students and guide them on how to select jobs and create opportunities for self-employment.
She said the Ministry’s policy of 100 percent transition is aimed at expanding the scope of learning to enable all learners’ access education and empower them skills and knowledge relevant to the industry and the country’s development agenda.
She was addressing participants attending the second cohort of training of the office of career services at the Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI). The participants are drawn from Universities and Tertiary Institutions.
On the recent happenings in the Universities, the CAS/PS said, “it is unfortunate that young people are exposed to so much therefore the need for parents to create time for them, discuss issues so as to avoid unfortunate incidences such as loss of lives”.
Prof. Suda said that the office of career services will be extended to Secondary schools and private Tertiary institutions adding that in future all Tertiary institutions will be obliged to establish career offices before being registered.
The Director Kenya Education Management Institute Grace Gacara said the Ministry and KEMI will establish a monitoring mechanism in all universities and Tertiary Institutions to establish if they have a vibrant Office of Career Services. This follows the Ministry’s policy requiring all institutions to establish such offices.
The office of career services will offer academic advice which will include; assisting students in developing educational plans provide students with accurate information about academic progression and degree requirement, thus allowing students to properly plan their progress, assisting students in understanding academic policies and procedures.
Also present was the Principal Secretary Post Training and Skills Development Alfred Cheryuoit and the Education Dr. Wanjiru Kariuki.