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Improving Post Secondary Kenyan Education For a Better Future
Explain your idea in details:
The current Kenyan Education system is dubbed as 8:4:4; where a learner is expected to take eight years in a primary school, four years in a secondary and another 4 years in the post-secondary educational institution (a university in case of a degree or colleges for diploma and certificates) for advanced learning. This system was introduced in the late 1980s to help improve education quality and increase the rate of entrepreneurship among the learners upon completion. However, as it currently stands, the 8:4:4 system has failed to effectively improve the employability and entrepreneurship among the graduates as revealed by high rates of unemployment among the youths in the country. A recent study by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS, 2017) revealed that about 70% of the Kenyan youths are unemployed or underemployed. Most of these youths are graduates with degrees and diploma certificates from various post-secondary educational institutions. In the recent years, 8:4:4 system has been criticised for its insistence on the passing of examinations rather than developing skills relevant for the job market or appropriate knowledge and skills that will enable the graduates to start own business enterprises. This is an idea that aims at improving the quality of post-secondary education in Kenya for improved employability and entrepreneurship among the graduates who have completed their post-secondary education. It calls for the adoption of learner-centered learning methods in post-secondary learning institutions and encourages more practical learning activities especially on science and technical courses. In addition, this idea beckons for the adoption of e-learning by these post-secondary learning and training institutions to improve education accessibility and affordability in the country. Lastly, it appeals to the Kenyan government to increase funding for the government-sponsored learning and training institutions and support research institutions.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Improving the quality and adopting the appropriate education for Kenya has a direct impact on the country’s economy and social status. Research has shown that quality and appropriate education system improves the innovation rates, augments entrepreneurial skills and consequently lowering the unemployment rates. Post-secondary education in Kenya has failed to produce relevant knowledge and skills appropriate for changing employment market and entrepreneurship. This is can be demonstrated by the failure in, for instance, the agriculture sector of the economy. Furthermore, engaging the youths in proper education and training system shall help curb crime and immorality activities in the country. The success of this idea shall be projected by reduced unemployment rates among the youths in Kenya over a period of time. As revealed in the objective of this idea, failure in the 8:4:4 system has been disclosed by the ever-increasing rates of unemployment among the graduates. This idea counters the failures in the 8:4:4 system to help improve the employability of the graduates from the current education system
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Improving Post-Secondary Education in the country should be a collaboration among all the stakeholders in the Education Sector. This is a process that requires planning, funding, and relevant Education policy development. The Government of Kenya should be on the forefront to initiate and implement the necessary changes. The government shall be charged with enacting appropriate policies, setting up goals to be met, continuously assessing the impact of the changes in the education sector and being a primary financier for these changes. The education administrators and managers will be charged with carrying training to the teaching staff members on proper teaching delivery methods, the source for finances for the relevant resources and assets required for an effective learning experience. The teachers/instructors/lectures should spearhead the adoption of the recommended changes as they stand a chance to fully exploit their potentials in their respective areas of specialization. They should further provide necessary support to the learners on the need for a change in the education system. The learners, being the recipients of the suggested changes, should provide a maximum co-operation to help meet the targets. The community, educational organizations and international bodies should provide necessary financial and training support to the learning institutions.
My name is Owino George, a Kenyan national aged 26 years. Am a graduate of the University of Nairobi with an undergraduate degree in BSC Mathematics. Currently, am engaged in own entrepreneurial initiative as Data Analyst. I have worked with various organizations including Learning institutions in the country on various research projects. Having gone through 8:4:4 education system; where my success was measured on how best I performed in my final examinations rather than my skills, I felt there is a gap on what I learned in the classroom with what am expected to deliver solve the daily life problems. The 8:4:4 system emphasized on the "passing national exams" rather than acquiring skills. This has become my motivated my urge for a change in the education sector especially the Post-Secondary Education