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Fixation with further studies not good for education

By Joseph Sosi | May 4th 2016

The craze for further studies has demeaned the achievements and intent of the 8-4-4 education system.

University students today have a great desire to pursue further studies in various fields. This is not bad. Many bombard search engines with ‘scholarship’ queries. Parents are probably investing for facilitation and financing of their sons and daughters’ Master’s study programmes abroad and in the country. Kenyans really value education and the world salutes us.

Recently, former President Daniel arap Moi expressed his gratification that the products of the Kenyan education system are exemplary and fit in any environment in America, Britain, Japan, Korea, and other technological powerhouses of the world today.

Mr Moi said many of the students who have gone through the system have excelled and secured opportunities in the international job market.

Some people have faulted the education system alleging that it does not produce personnel ready for employment. Probably it does not provide young people with knowledge and skills which would spearhead self-employed.

Even if the best education system is put in place, how it is implemented determines it success. Many perceive education as a key to job market. This is why graduates are focussing more on pursuing further studies.

However, many graduates are shocked when they find their education being irrelevant in the job market. Does it mean the acquisition of degrees has no value in society?

Various reports have indicated that many graduates get employed in fields that don’t relate to what they study. Not only has the desire for jobs and money spoiled the broth but also our money has. This is why higher learning institutions are more likely to do business out of the expected learning. Why should one study further if initial degree fails to make an impact in society?

Education is expected to buffer socio-economic development. Further studies should be geared towards sealing a knowledge gap in society.

We are in the age when further studies is considered an added advantage. We may have the advantage but in the long run lack the jobs.

Campus folks argue that job search depends on who knows who. Soon we will know people but remain jobless.

The hunt for money makes Kenyans, especially the literate unemployed lot, ready to engage in any income generating activity including crime.

Compulsions and obsessions associated with academic excellence are turning against education. This has made an entire generation walk through a blind academic alley. Their abilities potential remain untapped.

The country has thousands of A students. Professor PLO Lumumba’s speech during the May 3, 2016, World Press Freedom Day celebrations at Nairobi Intercontinental Hotel made tears well in my eyes. He said that development in society needs effort but unfortunately lacks people to make an effort. This drew my memories to the efforts made for dubious selfish achievement.

The time for academic judgment is over. If put on hold and the tenacity diverted to expertise and ability, we stand a chance of unclogging our development path. This will make graduates shelve their rush for further studies.

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