Kenya: Students Advised to Join Vocational Training Institutes

Students who scored below C+ in the 2016 KCSE examination and will miss university places have been asked to apply to join various technical and vocational training institutes across the country. Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority director-general Kipkirui Langat on Tuesday said the institutions had the capacity to absorb 300,000 students this year. He encouraged parents to enrol their children at the institutions. Dr Langat said there were more than 200 technical institutes being run by the national government in the country which would admit students who attained…

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Vocational courses in 208 schools

BHUBANESWAR: Vocational education programme was introduced in 208 secondary schools in the state on Wednesday for the creation of a bigger skilled manpower base and to increase employment potentials of high school students. Students of class IX can opt for any of the four vocational streams, including IT and ITES, retail, travel and tourism, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI). Introducing the programme at Capital High School here, school and mass education minister Debi Prasad Mishra said, “The programme will reduce drop-out rates in schools as it will increase job…

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Parliament passes bill to scrap troubled VET loans, overhaul vocational education sector

The former Labor government extended HELP student loans to the vocational training sector in 2009. Since then, dozens of scandals emerged as dodgy private operators rorted the multi-billion-dollar scheme. The Senate last night passed a bill scrapping the VET FEE-HELP program and replacing it with a new VET Student Loans program to begin on January 1. “VET Student Loans will ensure students and taxpayers are protected, that skills shortages are addressed and that the reputation of the vocational education sector is restored,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said. “We have rebuilt…

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How One Institution Went From a Vocational School to a University

The United States needs more-inclusive campuses, where students can complete one certificate or degree and move on to the next, says Matthew S. Holland, president of Utah Valley University. It now offers several master’s programs but isn’t embarrassed by its vocational ethos, he says: The university is more focused on serving its nearly 35,000 students than on reaching for the next tier. Sara Lipka edits coverage of campus life and other topics. Follow her on Twitter @chronsara, or email her [email protected] TRANSCRIPT SARA LIPKA: Hello. We’re here today with Matthew…

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