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Kenyans' views on the matter of a Master's degree holder riding a boda boda for a living

By Jerry Odumbe | March 18th 2015

Kenya: Leonard Kweyu Olando: Even a thermometer has got many degrees but it ends up working in the stinking hairy armpits of human beings.

Martin Bogonko: Kenya has the most wasteful system of education, which robs its people of their time and money. Imagine you engage your kid in books from the time they turn three years old all the way to university only for them to become motorcycle riders?

Abishian Abie Mule: Some people choose to be self-employed. One refused to be employed and worked at a butchery, then became a taxi driver and he is now a millionaire. It is called determination and goals. Stop judging.

Maishez Carmoreg: Kazi ni kazi. God created you for a purpose. Life requires more than school grades.

Mc Sirchuti: I have a degree too and proudly operating a boda boda to make ends meet. Is there any crime I have committed?

Sam Chiira: Blame it on an education system that teaches people to look for jobs instead of creating them.

Patrick Muga: If I were the president, I would stop any further opening of universities that do not offer technical courses in engineering and the sciences. Let’s not fool ourselves, we are suffering due to over-emphasis on white-collar jobs that can only employ a limited number of people. We need more jua-kali jobs with better technology.

Ndombi Dickson: I am in the same shoes and it is painful. The sad side is that some drop out of school because they do not see the importance of education when they see what we became.

Clifford Misati: Last week, I was served food at Nairobi restaurant and while talking to the waiter I realised he is a university graduate. Despite his situation, he is better off than most who sit at home doing nothing in the name of waiting for a job to come along. I advised him to raise a little capital and start his own business even if it’s selling maandazi. It should be a lesson to prospective graduates not to expect much from the job market.

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