Lack of de­cent jobs makes higher learn­ing nose­dive

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Grow­ing up in my ru­ral home, we knew all those that were in sec­ondary schools. When one was in a par­tic­u­larly good high school, he or she was a vil­lage celebrity. In­deed, when­ever we used to see those who were in A level — un­der the old 7-4-2-3 sys­tem of ed­u­ca­tion — we would re­vere their mas­tery of English and other sub­jects such as pol­i­tics. They used to be he­roes and hero­ines of some sort. Of course, univer­sity stu­dents were on top of the world. Then, it was very easy for grad­u­ates to get jobs. Up to now I don’t know how many of us are not sur­prised how things have changed. With the pop­u­la­tion grow­ing steadily, thus in­creas­ing rate of job­less­ness, we seem des­tined for fail­ure and an av­er­age life­style at most. The al­lure of go­ing to univer­sity is tak­ing a se­ri­ous nose­dive. So ev­ery­time I see colour­ful grad­u­a­tions, I won­der where these grad­u­ates will get jobs.

HAR­RI­SON IKUNDA Nairobi

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