The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) has emphasised the significant role of the ongoing review of the Kenya Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (KCATS) policy.

KNQA says once the policy is finalised, it will play a crucial role as a guiding tool for learner progression.

The agency’s chairman Stanley Kiptis says the policy would not only facilitate access, mobility, and seamless progression within education, training, and career paths but also enhance transparency, efficiency, recognition, and the quality of education and training.

He acknowledged the diverse stakeholders in Kenya’s qualifications landscape, emphasising the necessity for collaborative efforts to ensure the relevance, portability of qualifications, labor mobility, and global competitiveness.

The review of the KCATS policy aligns with the implementation of recommendations from the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms, specifically addressing the support for progression and mobility of TVET graduates through credit transfer.

Mandated by the KNQF Act no. 22 of 2014, KNQA is tasked with developing policies and standards to guide the national qualifications system, aiming to enhance the skills development process, transferability of skills, clarify progression pathways, and enable lifelong learning.

Alice Kande, the Acting Director General of KNQA, expressed the committee’s opportunity to provide coherence and prevent knowledge wastage through the development of a national credit transfer system policy.

She stressed the need for a national and global situational analysis, considering the advanced stage of realising and implementing the Africa Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF), designed to enhance transparency, comparability, and quality of qualifications across the continent.