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Plans to change the 8-4-4 learning system

As the Education Cabinet Secretary was releasing this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) he mentioned that there were plans in place whereby the President is expected to launch the curriculum reform process early next year. People have been complaining for quite some time that the current 8-4-4 system is not helping the children at all.

This system was introduced in the year 1985 by the former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. Before then only about 25-30% of students made it to secondary school and that’ why this system was introduced to cater for the 75% of the students who could not make it to join secondary schools. But then this system’s vision that was there initially got lost somewhere along the way and so what we have is not the original 8-4-4 system that was introduced by the former president.

What led to the failure is the lack of funding to foresee the smooth learning of the subjects involved like provision of workshops for may be wood work and metal work.

Then there was freezing of employing of teachers to teach the various technical subjects and no more teachers were being trained to tackle these subjects and started learning how to use a scrap metal pick up tool .

So we need a curriculum that includes all children by allowing them to express their talents. This means students will be admitted to schools depending on the talents that they may have been recognized to have. For example if you are good in sports then its only okay going to a school that favors you.

Now in the current curriculum have only five subjects and no practical at all. The Home science subject that equipped students with the sewing and cooking skills has long since been scrapped from the syllabus. At the same time, the present system favors very few students since it gives no room for creativity.

Let’s hope that the government keeps the ball rolling and give our children the system of learning that they deserve for them to have a better future, some will be even able to start their own business with the welding training.

Career discovery

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Discovering career choice at an early age  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Children from the age of 10 years are the best time when a child should be taught about occupation. In our society today, the parents, teachers and the community are the main change agents when it comes to career discovery. But a teacher is the most influencing factor to a child’s career because it’s easy to observe and note what a child prefers most. And as such, the teacher will help a child to develop that career and the will to become focused.

Then something else, when a student joins high school he/she should be directed on what to become in the future. This is done by assisting the student to select subjects that go in line with his/her career aspirations. This means that subjects should match with one’s personality like a student who likes talking a lot or traveling or discovering should take the subjects that support the corresponding personality.

Courses and careers are experienced in the colleges and universities but high schools should lay a foundation for students to know what they would like to become. This means if a student wants to become a doctor, it’s important that he/she take those subjects that reflect the medical field. But in most high schools students do not get a chance to be guides on their careers because the teachers are not enlightened on issues concerning this field in any way. At the same time, these teachers are overloaded with a lot of work and thus have no time to do research to get crucial information concerning careers.

But when students are not enlightened on career discovery in high school, this becomes a problem to them when they join colleges and universities. According to recent surveys, 30% of students are lost since they feel that they are in the wrong course and thus do not want this course any longer. And 20% of students are willing to go back to the first year of learning so that they can do a course that they feel they best fit in.