According to a Human Resource manager, both degree and Diploma holders are better workers than those with less academic qualifications.
“The nature of jobs today is such that academic qualifications are important,” Dominic Muteshi, HR Director at the Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (SASRA) says.
“A diploma holder is better straight from college than a degree holder. However, after experience and exposure, the degree holder performs better on average than a diploma holder.”
Muteshi said due to the nature of training for a diploma holder, they have much exposure to the job than degree holders.
“Today’s universities take more students than they can handle, which makes it difficult to supervise and offer practical training. But Tertiary colleges, including Polytechnics , have more time and offer more practical lessons, making their graduates ready for the job market,” he explains.
But he insists that for leadership, degree holders perform better at managerial positions than those with less academic qualifications.
Politically, he reckons that academic ability must be accompanied by leadership skills inherent in the individual. But the debate is yet to dissipate, with the social media — including Facebook and Twitter — being awash with comments for and against the nee requirements.
KTN’s Reporter Frank Otieno posting on his Wall on Face Book wrote; “There should be no compromise about academic qualification for elected leaders in Kenya. Education is a must, and a degree as a requirement is not asking for too much. A degree holder is better in most aspects of job operation. If one hasn’t acquired it then it can only be fair that they do so, instead of spending negative energy trying to justify their leadership charisma without education.”
But others held a different opinion, blaming Kenya’s education system for not training people and furthering talent
“We should have degrees in carpentry, singing, crafting, and pottery and so on. It is only when we recognise talent and new skills in our education system that we will not care much whether the next president has a degree or not,” the anonymous person quipped.