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Time That The Youths Turn to Farming

This farming group in Kilimambogo, Kenya farms...

This farming group in Kilimambogo, Kenya farms a small plot of kale (pictured here) as well as maize and other vegetables. They work hard to increase their meager incomes, but both the farm and their homes are on squatted government land, meaning they could have to move and abandon their farm with little notice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For some time now there has been an influx of people moving from the rural areas to urban areas as they scramble for the few white collar jobs that are available. But then there has been complains of the current 8-4-4 system of learning that is not the original one that was introduced in 1985.It has not been easy as employers claim that fresh graduates do not really have the hands on experience that is required for them to be absorbed in the job market.

I think it’s the high time that youths cease being selective on the type of a job that they do. I remember when I was in primary and high school; we had the opportunity of doing some digging in the evenings. By then there was this mentality that being educated means being a nurse or a teacher just to mention a few and what other skills that were taught, no teacher ever told that whether they will ever be applicable in our after education life. But for those who couldn’t make it to proceed to secondary school, they have been able to apply the technical knowledge that they gained in school in subjects like Art and Craft that encompassed woodwork.

In Kenya, looking at the job market it’s not enough to absorb everyone hence the high rate of unemployment given that more and more young people are graduating day in day out. But there is a new venture in town which involves undertaking farming and there has seen a number of success stories of young people who are doing just fine in the farms.

So it doesn’t matter what your qualifications are in the academic field since white collar jobs are hard to come by, its only good to try your luck on anything including farming.

 

Parents Sue The Government Over Runaway School Fees In High Schools

With school head teachers holding Kenya‘s education system for ransom, parents —who have known for a long time how the government has abandoned them– have decided to seek for justice from the judiciary over payment of ‘overly’ hiked school fees charges in public High Schools.

Since the government is the overall body manning the running of all public schools, it has been the hope of parents that it ought to come in and bring sanity to the education sector.

I remember sometimes last year, the Deputy President was adamant that school heads charging high fees will face the full force of the law but so far nothing has been done.

But just yesterday, parents made up their mind to sue the government due to a repeat of the same issue of hiked school fees. The government maintains the education is free but I think there is something that parents are not being told.

More questions arise from the issue of smooth learning of schools. It’s true the government reimburses funds meant for schools but whether they are enough or not, it remains a secret and it’s not known what the funds really cover.

May be the government is hiding behind the ‘free education’ yet parents are still expected to part with something.

Looking at high cost of living, it may mean that the school head teachers are left with no option but to charge school fees in line with what is demand. But then even school heads have been in the past in the receiving end when the funds are released very late and yet they are expected to ensure smooth learning of schools.

I think the best thing to be done is to establish if the government fully funds everything that is required for smooth learning of schools. Parents want a situation where they are sure what happens but not relying on ‘maybe’. Let them know whether they are supposed to like buy textbooks for their children as the government covers everything that is required for smooth learning.

2015 KCPE Results Released Today

Today being a Wednesday, the Cabinet Secretary of Education, Fred Matiangi is expected to release the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) results for the 2015 candidates later in the day.

Even as the Government and teachers are confident that education is a right to the children of this country, there are obviously questions surrounding this year’s K.C.P.E results. Remember this is a very important examination to both parents and the children since it marks the end of primary school education and welcomes the entry into the secondary school education.

When we talk of children rights to education, the question here is if the government has been really up to its task of ensuring all children go to school given that we are still in the era of free primary school education. Then should we expect a better performance than the 2014 results? What will be the difference between the 2014 and 2015 results? Will the grades have moved up or down as we compare the two years? These are still some of the questions that are definitely in the majority of Kenyans.

Then we also remember Garissa County that has been a hot bed of terror with Al-shaabab conduction series of attacks that left a number of teachers from this county dead. So there was a standoff from the remaining teachers who vowed not to report back to work and teach in this county raising security reasons.

It was there in the news that most schools in this county remained closed and for others the students became teachers of their own. So the question here is under which category will this county be put under bearing in mind other counties had peaceful learning?

What of public schools who were not in learning for close to two months when the teachers were on strike yet their private counterparts were in smooth learning all through?

So it’s the hope of everyone that even as the results are released later today. Let’s see fairness in all this. Remember this is a determinant of the life of tomorrow for these 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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The Government Moves in To Regulate School Fees

Parents have for the past one year been complaining that the school head teachers were charging very high school fees that financially stressed them. I remember at one time the deputy president said that he wondered how secondary schools could charge higher fees than even public universities. He had thus put such head teachers on notice telling them that what they were doing was not good.

They are even those who went ahead and said that some private schools were charging fairly given by the fact that they are responsible for employing their teachers unlike public schools that got some finances from the government. So there were many unanswered questions concerning school fees as most parents felt it was about to reach a time when they will not afford to educate their children if the government keeps mum concerning school fees issues.

Sometimes last week, the Ministry of Education stepped its mandate and gave all the head teachers guidelines outlining what their fees structure should be like. This was not taken well by the teachers union boss who said that the Education Cabinet Secretary had no right to roll out such a guideline since it was not in the best interest of the smooth running of schools. The schools heads on the other hand complained that over 1000 teachers employed by most school boards risk loosing their jobs. This is because the trimmed schools budget will not be able to cater for such teachers.

The Education CS has been accused of not consulting anyone when it comes to matters pertaining education. Whatever that he did, I think he ought to have consulted the head teachers for one because they are responsible for their learning institution’s budget. This is because such an action may after all affect the smooth running of the schools affairs.