DUCE conducted a workshop on Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) to the selected members of DUCE Staff who will be teaching Diploma Programme on Educational Laboratory Science. The training was held recently at TPC building.

Speaking on behalf of the College Principal, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Hezron Onditi said that in order to cope with CBET, DUCE Staff must frequently undergo relevant training on CBET that will equip them with skills needed for the programme to meet NACTVET standards.

While tracing a historical background of NACTVET, the facilitator, Dr. Edward Mneda said The National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) has been managing learning under competence based system. However, in recent years, NACTE and VETA joined together to form what is now called NACTVET.

Explaining on the Philosophy underpinning Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) as well as Knowledge Based Education and Training (KBET), Dr. Mneda said that CBET emphasizes on outcome based on learning, practice, learner centered education, transformation and competence. The learner also acquires specific knowledge required to perform specific activities. On the other hand, KBET involves traditional curriculum that focuses on what is to be learned. It thus lacks effective practicability that affect the ultimate output.

Responding to various issues, the second facilitator, Dr. Magreth Shawa added that CBET encompasses important qualities such as being practical, focusing on skills and behavioral change. It emphasizes ability to perform work rather than awarding certificates.  

At the end of the training, on behalf of the College Principal, Dr. Onditi awarded certificates to participants and applauded them for their effective participation. A total of 38 Staff from DUCE participated in the workshop.