The vocational rehabilitation programme in Kenya: An examination of its effectiveness as an agency providing training and employment for disabled persons
Ayodo, Theodore Mordecai Osano
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The study sets out to examine the economic viability of training and resettling disabled persons in self-employment as carried out by the Vocational Rehabilitation Programme in the Ministry of Culture and Social Services in Kenya. The training of residual capacities of disabled persons with the aim of making them economically productive and socially self-supporting and integrated in the mainstream of the community is discussed in the light of human capital theory as an illustration of a programme designed to develop human resources in an overall effort in promoting national development. Conceptual justification is attempted with the use literary citations, and technical terms used in vocational rehabilitation are defined before narrowing down to discussion or Kenya is proqramme. The thesis, thus, addresses the concern of Economics of Education, which in the case is the viability of expending scarce resources in the literature review, the rationale of linking training and education with employment, prov1slon of vocational education and, finally, research, efficiency and evaluation in vocational Rehabilitation, is surveyed at the global and Kenyan level. The sampling and follow-up procedure of the self-employed graduates of Rural Vocational Rehabilitation Centre’s is explained and the data is analysed using percentages calculations. The conclusions and recommendations outlined at the end of the thesis support the argument throughout the study that it is remunerating both economically and socially for the Kenya Government to engage in the training and subsequent self-employment of disabled persons. The private and social rates of return on investment in the programme are extremely high as compared to other projects (55% and 26.3% respectively. Implications for further research in the Kenyan Vocational Rehabilitation Programme are indicated at the end of the study. A bibliography covering works and publications consulted is compiled and the questionnaire used in the follow-up of the disabled ex-trainees together with the International Labour Organization's Recommendation Number 168 of 1983 on the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment of Disabled Persons are attached as appendices.