We must commend the work done by the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Okengo Matiangi and the Kenya Examinations Council (KNEC) Chairman Prof. George Magoha in producing tangible reforms in the Kenyan Education Sector in under a year. We can only expect better days in the sector that had literally gone to the dogs with Degree certificates being obtained from River Road for as low as Ksh. 500 only. The kind of results posted in both KCPE and KCSE presents strong evidence on how a well-managed system can remain true to its goals and objectives. However, coming from a history of a corrupted system, casualties are usually many and if not well managed, they can lead to more problems in the society.
Following the results, only 141 students got an A; 4,645 students got A- and 10,975 got a B+. Additionally, 17,216 students got a B and 23, 745 others got a B-. 32, 207 students got a C+ bringing the total number of students who are eligible for admission in any university in Kenya to 88, 929. Those who got between C and D+ were 186, 769 students. This leaves out close to 250,000 students who sat for KCSE in 2016 but got between D and E. Are these failures or victims of the system? I leave this to you.
In the coming few months, parents will be bombarded with advertisements from both public and private universities trying to get a piece of the students who qualified to join. Additionally, the candidates will receive calling letters from universities with predetermined courses they can pursue. In fact, there is a joke going around social media already that in 2022, there will be only 141 doctors graduating from universities in Kenya. This begs the question, are all the 141 students who got an A interested in pursuing a medical course?
With only 88,929 students qualifying for university entry, it is only safe that parents sit down with their children with the assistance of a career coach and chart the way forward for their child with regards to their career choice. Today, thanks to Matiangi and company, it’s not students rushing to secure a spot in a university; it is rather the universities that will be rushing to get the students join them. Therefore, parents and guardians need to take their time and do career mapping with their children to help them discover their true career identity. However, are all parents well equipped to do this? Maybe not!
That’s why as a parent, you need to consult My Career Identity. At MCI, we not only help your child discover their true career identity but also get them access to career and personality tests that will enable them link their interests and passions with a career choice that will enable them live fulfilling lives. We also provide them with relevant career choosing skills and internship opportunities that are aimed at strengthening their interests in their passions and career choices while offering them networking opportunities relevant to their career fields. This is all geared towards ensuring that they develop genuine interest in their career choices and grow. Who wouldn’t like such for their child?
Universities will start opening their gates to freshmen as from April 2017. However, there will be two kinds of students who will be joining starting then: those who are informed of their true career identity; and those who are going to ‘just try out’ the career they have been called to pursue. The informed lot will settle in quite easily and start seizing all the opportunities that their academic journey will be presenting on their way to their career of choice while the experimental lot might spend the first year trying to figure out what they really want in life. How would you want your child to spend their first year on campus?
Dennis Shisia – PR & Marketing Consultant, My Career Identity