The Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission was established in 1991 as the apex body in the technical and vocational education and training sector under the provisions of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Act No 20 of 1990. Its primary responsibility is policy formulation, planning, quality assurance, coordination and development of tertiary and vocational education in the country.
The amendments introduced in December 1999 to the Tertiary and Vocational Education Act No. 20 of 1990, ensure that 10 out of 17 members of the TVEC including its Chairman represent the Employer Associations and Private Sector, entrepreneurs. This provides a forum at the highest level for the private sector to contribute towards developing policies and programmes that would help achieve the vision of the Government of maintaining a demand-driven training system.
The Chairman and the Director-General of the Commission are assisted by a team of Directors, in charge of development functions and a Secretary who oversees the personnel, financial and administration functions.
Develop, review, and reformulate national policies on tertiary and vocational education and training
Formulate plans for the development of tertiary and vocational education and training sector
Implement the national system of quality assurance through registration of institutes and accreditation of training courses
Ensure the establishment and maintenance of standards by TVET institutions
Plan and coordinate the implementation of national trade testing and certification system
Develop and maintain a national system of vocational qualifications
Maintain the lab our market information system for the TVET sector
Develop TVET institutes through management development programmers and financial assistance
Promote parity of esteem between education and training