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By Paul Barasa | January 27th 2017
We have witnessed a number of reforms going on in the education system.These reforms have been spearheaded by the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i and other education stakeholders in the country. I know each and everybody has his or her opinion about these reforms.

A good number of Kenyans feel that the changes should be effected while the other section is against the ongoing reforms in this sector because of reasons well known to themselves.

The education Cabinet Secretary was given the mandate to handle the education sector to the interest of this nation.In his effort to uplift the standards of our education system, the minister has been coming up with ways to change the education system in Kenya and sanitize it.

According to a good number of Kenyans Mr. Matiang’i has good intentions towards our education system. They think that the minister is a determined person to revamp the education system and steer it to greater heights.

A majority of Kenyans are optimistic that the minister will help the students who go through our education system to become good, successful workers and citizens in future.

Above all a young generation that can be trusted with the responsibility of nation building.

Mr. Matiangi believes that the world has changed and that is why the approach to learning and education must be changed. To him, he is focused on developing skilled students who can survive in their workplace and be able to become innovators.

According to him, schools in Kenya are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist, that is why you see so many graduates on the streets with placards seeking for employment.

Students are overloaded with information that is not useful to them. At the end of the day, they are left with a hard responsibility of sieving the information and breaking it into manageable pieces that they can use in decision making.

In the real sense in this 21st Century, the students need innovation skills, problem-solving skills, communication skills, creativity skills and critical thinking skills.

Other two vital skills that need to be acquired by the students are the career and life skills. These skills will help them to be flexible in their operations.

The skills will also help the learners to be a responsible people in life, social beings and at the same time people who can interact with their cultures and other peoples cultures freely.

The above skills will also help them to develop leadership skills through which they will become great leaders of this country.

Having carefully considered all this Dr. Fred Matiang’i saw it necessary to ‘kill’ the old system of education so that students can acquire a quality education that will help them develop skills that are useful in this era and cope up with the changing world.

For any seed to germinate it must die first. At this stage, everything gets to a standstill and dormancy.At the end of it, the seed will finally germinate and grow hence giving forth hundreds and thousands of folds. Let us know that change is like rest. All will be OK.


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