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Confidence – Waflay Post
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Teachers getting a new pay deal

KENYA… The stalemate of teachers not getting their proposed pay hike dates back to 1997 when they took part in a nationwide strike that saw them paralyze learning in all public schools and even interrupted secondary schools mock examinations. That was during President Moi’s regime and still teachers went back to class without exactly getting what they had hoped for. So the truth of the matter is no preceding regimes have been serious in honoring the wishes of our respected teachers.

But just a few days ago, I heard in the news a politician allied to the opposition promising to pay the teachers their pay ninety days after the coalition comes into power. He went ahead that the teachers should vote in the opposition during the next general election come 2017. We all know that when the deal is too good, think twice but I think at times our yearning for greener pastures makes us to have reservations for some good deals at hand. Imagining teachers have been getting a raw deal for such a long time and all of a sudden there are some hopes at the end of the tunnel so may be someone will after all put this into consideration.

I have heard a number of people claiming that teachers form a core in the education sector since everyone including the president has passed through a teacher to be where they are. So we all know teachers are entitled to better pay for a job well done.

I remember during the last year’s teachers strike, the opposition declared to continue showing solidarity for the teachers. So after the politician’s sentiments, the opposition better be serious about the teachers pay and let’s hope they are not only eyeing a win in the 2017 elections. But whatever the case, no one wants to see a recycle of very sweet deals for only being elected to the high office.

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.

With Self-confidence, Nothing is Impossible

English: Confidence lesson

English: Confidence lesson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine you have everything you want to hit that magic button. You extend your hand to press it but one thing keeps your mind from the actual act: pressing the button. You look, it is there and no one else is trying to reach for it, but still your mind is not ready to accept that you have made it.

The only reason that might explain why you have not yet decided to press the button is the fact that you are not yet free from self restrains and lack of will to see the better side of every struggle in life. So doubtful that the expected change could bring in more suffering than joy— living a life of self denial.

Have you ever faced such challenges in life? If yes! Then make you first decision to explore yourself much better. You know what; an enemy to your success is self pity and lack of confidence in yourself.

Actually, a good number of people face this problem and if something is not done with it, it becomes part of life and this leads to ‘suicide mission’ for every attempt one makes in life.

Overcoming lack of self-confidence is not easy, one has to feel the need to change and this includes avoiding all negative things (ideas) that might keep one from accomplishing personal desires. For example, you want to be a blogger, but your fear that your contents are not good enough! Yes! ‘Good enough’ is one thing you have to trust in yourself first.

Someone said, ‘if you don’t take the chances, who will?’ Meaning that if you have a chance, make that move that can change everything around you, but first there is a choice that comes begging you to embrace— taking the chance. If fact, it acts as a foundation before making a final move to either success or failure. For sure, if you have a good base, even failure will not stand on your way.

Fear of change brings downfall,

Self confidence conquers fear of change,

But for one to expect success, take a chance when it comes your way and let it decide your destiny.