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Ministry of Education Approves Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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Ministry of Education Approves Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Following the implementation of the policy framework for recognizing prior learning, skilled immigrants and refugees will be among those granted the opportunity to practice prior to obtaining academic credentials.

This is in accordance with the ministry of education’s recognition of prior learning policy, which recognizes skilled employees in the informal sector who lack academic credentials.

The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) will put the policy into effect after receiving approval from the Ministry at the halfway point of the following month, with skilled workers in the informal sector benefiting the most.

Dr. Alice Kande, the authority’s acting director-general, states that once implemented, the policy will recognize the thousands of skilled employees in the informal sector.

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Recognition of Prior Learning, according to Kande, is part of the government’s bottom-up initiative to empower and encourage millions of hustlers.

The director-general stated in Naivasha, following a policy validation exercise, that this would enable workers to obtain government positions and contracts.

She mentioned that there are numerous skilled workers lacking official certificates. However, the new policy will acknowledge their skills and provide certificates following brief training.

She added that the approval of the revised draft policy was part of the government’s dedication to excellence and the improvement of society.

She explained that the policy’s goal is to include in the national qualifications database the skills and competencies that haven’t undergone formal articulation, assessment, and certification.

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Director of Technical Services at the authority, Stanley Maindi, attributed the delay in unveiling the policy to the bottom-up initiative.

KNQA Council Chairperson Stanley Kiptis said that the policy framework would effectively serve the requirements of Kenyans, mainly those in the informal sector.

According to government data, 92 percent of the nation’s youth have acquired unrecognized competencies through formal and informal channels but are not certified to practice them.

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Ministry of Education Approves Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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