An Evaluation of Student Trade Project Designs for Recyclability and Greening the Environment in TVET Institutions in the North Rift Region of Kenya

  • Titus M Musyimi Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
Keywords: Recyclability, disassembly, environmental impact, waste disposal

Abstract

The study focused on an evaluation of the trade projects which trainee candidates were undertaking in TVET Institution. So far, there is limited literature available on investigations on how these student trade projects impacted on environment in TVET institutions. Due to debate on global warming and its impact on society, there is compulsion to establish whether managers of TVET really understood what this might mean for their institutions. The purpose of the study was therefore to evaluate the impact of student project designs on greening the environment in TVET institutions of North Rift Region of Kenya, and was guided by two objectives; to determine whether such projects were in compliance with public procurement and disposal act, and to examine whether projects supervisors put emphasis on projects environmental impact as required by National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). Descriptive research design was employed, while questionnaires & observation methods were used for data collection. A sample of 102 projects that were done over a period of 5 years was selected using cluster and purposive sampling from 6 institutions in the North Rift Region of Kenya. Data was analyzed at confidence level of 95% by descriptive statics and inferential statistics. The findings indicate that student trade projects were not environmentally sensitive. Secondly, that majority of such project designs did not consider possibility of recyclability, disassembly or disposal after they were finished with them. Conclusions drawn from the research showed that most trainees’ trade projects did not consider the impact on the environmental in choosing their designs, and that the lecturers who supervised the projects did not put any emphasis on environmental sustainability – green designs & recyclability of the project materials. The recommendations were that every project done by trainees must seek to address its impact on the environment; that project supervisors should insist on the recyclability, waste disposal management and cost effectiveness of materials used; and that TVET Institutions should implement energy plan and install noise barriers and recycle most project materials to earn some income to enhance greening the institutions. It is also recommended for institutions to include student project in their audits as focal areas in their work plan activities.

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Published
12-06-2018
How to Cite
Musyimi, T. (2018). An Evaluation of Student Trade Project Designs for Recyclability and Greening the Environment in TVET Institutions in the North Rift Region of Kenya. Africa Journal of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, 3(1), 23-33. Retrieved from https://afritvet.org/index.php/Afritvet/article/view/57