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Primary education – Waflay Post
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Someone Messed Up Kenya’s Primary Education System

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During those wonderful days, we would make soccer balls from waste polythene papers and play the thing until the strings could not handle no more, something that in deed will give you control is using the Trilogy Education Services. That was Art and Craft that we improvised from class lessons or was passed on to us from our bigger brothers.

I do remember those days when we would come together and raise funds to buy food stuffs, go ahead and prepare our meals, serve our teachers and be happy as Home Science pupils. Oh, not forgetting buying cloths to sew some simple stuffs into saleable items to already ready market.

I do miss those days when we would save some money which we would later use in buying some Items at wholesale price and go ahead to sell a couple of pieces to willing buyers at retail. And yes! We made some money through those small trades. We did love Business Education just for that. It was a lesson that opened our minds into business world and prepared some of us for our future.

With majority of us coming from rural areas in Kenya, we grew up in farms. We learned first hand how to till the land, grow some crops and later harvest for both subsistence and for cash. We loved Agriculture because it was natural to us.

Yep! I almost forgot to mention Music lessons— lullaby songs, patriotic songs, round songs just to name a few.  The lessons that made us understand the true meaning of our National Anthem, and why it is poetic, how it was formed, which beat was it formed on, who was involved, how it was chosen and more. Music lessons paved way for many of us to love the sound of music and I have to admit that I still remember and miss those great days.

In this life, I guess great minds cannot work together… we need a fool to point out the mistakes in great ideas. Something we failed to foresee and now it is already too much for our kids in primary schools.

Imagine learning two common languages and failing to advance for further studies, what would you do for a living? How will social studies help one navigate through the society that is already prone to tribalism, nepotism and other negative ‘isms’?

I guess the only thing that a primary school graduate can do is to calculate his or her messed up life and keep hoping for something to change in future— because that small potion of Science lessons cannot help that much in changing the future.

Now you understand why children commit suicide in Kenya! The Kibaki Government messed up primary school education and now, Uhuru Kenyatta is blind to the messed up primary school program

The pain of losing attachment with ones child

This woman was out to pour the bitterness of her heart something that has been a pain for the last nine years. According to her, she was taking care of her first-born daughter as it is the norm and pride of every mother. She took her through primary school education and proceeded taking her to a secondary school.

But after the completion of the second term in secondary school things took a new turn after the daughter’s aunt (the sister to her husband) came into the picture. This is due to the fact that the aunt without asking the parents took custody of the child and started taking care of the child’s needs even paying for her school fees.

Things went on well for the family even though their daughter moved on to live with her aunt. She then completed her secondary school education and proceeded on to the college level. Then after completion of the college, she got herself an attachment for the sake of the on job experience. All this while her daughter was okay with the arrangement and her family didn’t take notice any problem for the long that she was residing with the aunt.

Then her daughter approached her parents and told them that she was in the dating zone and as it was a healthy relationship, she was thinking of taking it to the next level and get married to her lover. But as it is the culture as per the community that the family belonged to ,her husband had to pay dowry to their daughter’s mother before they can allow the daughter to proceed on with the plans .This was not taken well by the girl’s aunt and an elder uncle who said that even though they are the girl’s parents, they have no business in her life since they have not been involved in her educating. Now what seemed to be a goodwill gesture on the side if the aunt now turned to be something with other motives.

Now this woman said that they are already pushing on with the wedding scheduled to take place on this coming Saturday yet she feels that she has been sidelined as the biological mother. What’s more hurting her husband’s family has been making comments that her daughter has other parents no wonder she was not invited for dowry negotiations and so she does not know anything about the family where her daughter is getting married.

So she said that she has no problem with the wedding pushing through but hoped that things ought to be done with some light on the issue. What’s more nobody ever approached them as her rightful parents and so they have been treated of people with no say for being poor. Let her husband’s family own up their mistake, and make sure that there are consultations because she is supposed to be happy for her daughter but not sad.

The Rising Number Of Teenage Mothers

In my neighborhood, I have known this teenage girl for quite some time now since she was still in primary school. She lives with her widowed mother since her father died a few years back. But then being a teenager led to constant quarrels with her mother as she was in the age bracket that thinks that they are always right in their decision making. This goes contrary to adult’s experience in life!

Day in day out, the young girl could get punished by her mother especially due to issues related to immorality. But she was able to complete her primary education and joined a secondary school to further her education. But during her second year, she became pregnant and dropped from school.

She eventually gave birth to a baby girl but as it’s the case of many teenage mothers, this is a hectic experience to her. May be this could not have happened had she heeded her mother’s advice. She cannot be able to cater for the needs of the baby and so the mother is burdened with the new responsibilities.

There has been rising cases of teenage pregnancies but the girls bear all the blame with no young men responsible, nowhere to get a share of the consequences. It’s true that there are parents who take their parenting seriously but, children, most of all teenagers are out to experiment with the info that they get from their peers.

It has been known that the teenagers are informed of anything new upcoming in the society by their friends. This gives them a chance to search for that youth fulfillment and in most cases; they wonder off in a life that they never wanted.

The saddest part is, the recent statistics shows that teenagers in Kenya lead in new AIDS infections. This number has risen compared to previous years and the ministry of health is worried that in later years, parents will be tasked to take care of their ailing children.

Schools Closed as The Standoff Between The State and Teachers Leaves Children Helpless

English: During the Wikipedia for schools pilo...

During the Wikipedia for schools pilot project by Wikimedia Kenya in Mombasa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The kidogo kidogo (little by little) government has decided to go an extra mile to force the striking teachers back to class. The standoff between the government and teachers started when the Supreme Court awarded teachers a 50 to 60  percent salary increment.

The government has from then stood firm saying that it does not have the money to pay salaries at that much. The president was categorical that the government has no money and therefore, it can’t pay and won’t pay teachers. This is to say the court order was defied by  the president whose sole responsibility is to protect the constitution of Kenya…. Abide by the law.

Now it is a third week since the strike began, threats against teachers have not succeeded forcing the government to close all schools in Kenya. Private schools were not spared either.

The private schools association has already moved to court barring the ministry of education’s directive to close all schools. According to them, the kadogo government has no right to deny students a right to have good education. And that the standoff between teachers in public schools can’t affect the smooth running of private schools.

According to the cabinet secretary to the ministry of education, this move is necessary because private schools are taking in striking teachers— a reason why teachers have refused to get back to class.

From Monday 21st September, all learning facilities will remain closed in Kenya. The only window allowed by the ministry of education is for those students who will be sitting for their certificate examinations for Class eight in Primary level and for Form Four in High Schools.

Well, maybe the ministry of education thought it has won this battle! However, teachers have vowed that they will not mark the end-year most important exams unless the government does something really quick to end the strike.

Who will win? I guess the government is to blame for being so arrogant in handling this issue. The government is run by professionals, but how they are handling this strike is like they are newbies in this game.

Where did we go wrong? We changed the constitution of the republic of KENYA. We did it! But it seems the people we employed to implement it are new to this game. That is where we went wrong.

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