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Background Information

At the time of inception of KSTVET formely  in 1978, Agriculture Courses were run under Mechanical Engineering Department whose courses were mainly run under Technical Education department which also coordinated other engineering courses. Mechanical Engineering courses offered under the Technical Education department. Agriculture existed as a section under Mechanical Engineering Department.

Other programmes related to Mechanical Engineering were run under an Industrial Education department. The graduates of these programmes were trained to teach in TVET institutions and in secondary schools teaching industrial education.

Mackay Education Report of 1981 recommended the implementation of a new system of education in Kenya, which is commonly referred to as the 8-4-4. The new curriculum put a lot of emphasis on technical education. As a result of this, there arose a need to train more teachers to teach technical subjects in secondary schools and tertiary institutions. To meet this demand, the Four Years and Three Years Technical Education Programmes were discontinued in 1989 in favor of the One Year Technical Teacher Education Programme. In the same year, Mechanical Engineering Department was established.

The Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Department was started in July,  2020 as independent department from Mechanical Engineering. Since that time, it has been running its programmes as per the colege rules and regulations.

For effective utilization of available human resource and facilities, and to provide many Kenyans with training opportunities, the department offers a range of Diploma programmes  which are either internally examined or examined by the Kenya National Examinations Council.

Currently, the department has 209 students pursuing various Diploma programmes in tecchnical teacher training in  Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

In its strategic plan, the department proposes to start Bachelor  degree programmes in Agriculture and related subject-courses and also introduce more short courses in various agricultural fields in the near future. We hope to effectively contribute to the realization of the Millennium Development goals, Kenya’s Industrialization Status by 2020 and achievement of goals and objectives outlined in Kenya’s vision 2030.

Shadrack Odero,



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