In Summary
  • Following the ballooning fees arrears held by the NYS, the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (Katti) principals resolved to send the students away.
  • According to a letter dated September 6, 2019 and addressed to all TVET institutions’ principals by Katti chairperson Glory Mutungi, the decision was reached after a consultative meeting with NYS and the ministry of education.
  • Meru National Polytechnic Student Association chairman Jackson Kirimi said the NYS students have been learning with a lot of difficulties due to fee payment delays.

More than 16,000 National Youth Service (NYS) recruits who have been undertaking various courses in technical training institutions have been barred from reporting back this term over fees arrears of over Sh3.3 billion.

The NYS is currently sponsoring 16,296 students in technical and vocational education training (TVET) institutions across the country.

Following the ballooning fee arrears held by the NYS, the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (Katti) principals resolved to send the students away.

LETTER

According to a letter dated September 6, 2019 and addressed to all TVET principals by Katti chairperson Glory Mutungi, the decision was reached after a consultative meeting with NYS and the Ministry of Education.

“…it was resolved that NYS students will not be allowed to report back to the institutions until the NYS clears the fees arrears they owe to the respective institutions,” it reads.

STRAINED OPERATIONS

Speaking to the Nation, TVET Principal Secretary Kevit Desai said the institutions took the action due to financial stress caused by reduction of fees in the government's effort to increase enrollment.

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