Last Updated on 24 November 2014 by Gertrude
Education in Kenya means, 8 4 4 system of studying, this means, 8 solid years in Primary, 4 in High School and 4 in varsity. Who said that all students get an opportunity to go through all this? One, there’s school fees problems among many a parent. Students drop out of school and the system becomes exhaustively tedious due to non stop learning. Okay, life is about learning but even books, too much of it, because seriously, boring!. After all, we go or went or are going to school and putting our life to all this ‘torture’; some to get good jobs, others to acquire knowledge while others, to get a certificate. Others go because they were told.
When a system that was once known to making students earn scholarships abroad becomes so depressing that some students kill themselves due to it, something is terribly wrong. It’s a system geared towards getting good Kenya Certificate of Primary and Secondary Education marks. A system we are encouraging our kids to complete not because we love but because we passed through it. I passed through it and it became increasingly tedious, very hectic and boring to the extent of reaching the state of ‘anomie’.
I lost direction as we would cross from one class to another non stop, the books became very, ”book-ful”. This is the system where even the best get tired, they get swayed away because of the boring work. Are there better doctors in Kenya? ask one and they will tell you most of their degrees were earned in the USA or UK where things are practical and theoretical.
Is it time to change the old curriculum? Absolutely and absolutely. This system taught me very little. What I was taught in class, I have rarely met it outside the classroom. The challenge became even confusing, trying to identify what I wanted to do in my life until daddy dearest had to choose because, ”I had no vision for the life”. I thought books were the salvation to life, there’s more to life apart from books. The number of days I became dedicated to books were many but what about gaining street knowledge? I had none of the sort, because it was not in the chemistry book or even biology. I was taught how to answer questions according to my teacher’s liking not in application to real life situations.
This is the same system we’re using on our children ( dot com) and we expect them to say, “Oh well, I enjoy hearing Mr. Wachira or Okello’s teaching or how excellent Maths lessons are?”. Oh now, ask you this, why don’t the mighty of the land not educate their children in these schools, and if they do, why they go to the likes of Brook-House International school?. They dare not mix their children with ‘cheap Mzee Moi’s” style of education because even them know, this system needs a serious transformation. It needs revolution and this revolution will be met if we agree on what makes our children compete against others in this competing society.
Do you support the education system in Kenya? Â 8 4 4, what’s it to you? Express your views but keep it clean, no spamming, I delete those ones asap. Watch out for part two where I am speaking my strategies for improvement. You don’t want to be left out.