When a student chooses a course, then they should have the tenacity to work hard and do well in it. I believe the decision to have cut off points as a determinant-entry to Kenyan universities or colleges emanated from a basis that only certain students can put up with some courses’ expectations. Whether this is the best way to do it, is indeed a debate for another reading.
2017 may be one of the worst years for universities’ and colleges’ cash flow. Fewer students will gain entry into these institutions. The reason for this is well, the brilliant Matiangi effect. As I indicated in my earlier blog post, many students had resulted into cheating hence huge masses of students would qualify to enroll into these institutions and of course it was good business for some learning institutions.
I most recently sat with a high school teacher to make sense of the 2016 K.C.S.E results and he indicated that the reading culture had been sadly halted in some secondary schools not because there were no books or reading materials but because students knew they would eventually cheat in exams. They were confident they would pass K.C.S.E since others before them stole and passed anyway. Now, let’s reason it out together. If a student decides to scam their way into a medicine course, what do you think would be the befalling consequence on our society?
Dr. Florentius Koech – a consultant neurosurgeon and lecturer at Moi University School of medicine once said that the field of medicine requires dedication and the right mind –set. He believed that a mwakenya (cheating) mind –set kills the spirit which is expected to show compassion and rescue lives from the grasp of death. In recent times, there have been cases of malpractices that have led to patients losing their lives or living with devastating injuries brought by negligent doctors. How can a society deal with such a consequence? No, what are we doing to deal with such?
It’s of course disheartening to know that some University/College students graduate with passes or honors that are not of their own doing- an indication that cheating does not end in high school. It’s important for parents and guardians to bring up a generation of value based & passionate workers. If students gain confidence through working unethically and acquiring what is not theirs then our 2030 vision will be highly compromised.
So how do we stir up future employees and entrepreneurs that are passionate and value based? The best way to inspire passion is by carefully analyzing your child’s interests and abilities then linking your findings to their preferred career choice. Parents and guardians should also instill the right values that include hard work, integrity & tenacity among students so as to curb the cheating craziness witnessed in our learning institutions. Passion and the right values will mold the right breed of workers who will help realize our 2030Vision.
It is time to ignite a sense passion, integrity & tenacity in our upcoming employees and entrepreneurs as a result zombies and cheats in our work force will be a thing of the past.
Kathleen Lihanda – Founder & Senior Career Coach – My Career Identity