Friday, 17 May 2013
EAST AFRICANS EDUCATED ENOUGH TO FACE TODAY CHALLENGE ?
Small nations are like indecently dressed women, they tempt the evil minded", Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
"The objective of socialism in the United Republic of Tanzania is to build a society in which all members have equal rights and equal opportunities; in which all can live in peace with their neighbours without suffering or imposing injustice, being exploited, or exploiting; and in which all have a gradually increasing basic level of material welfare before any individual lives in luxury." (Julius Nyerere 1968)
is this true dream of Nyerere where are we today !
Few months ago we saw Tanzania have grueling mjadala on education standards many students failed to perfom and finaly after the pressure from the society , the goverment had to come with some sort of re-evaluationg this years exams and finaly after pressure from both sides of the union .New evaluation for this year students was anaounced from no where to reduce public anger.but in Kenya !
THE senate has approved a motion compelling the national government to set up universities in each county. Members of the House unanimously endorsed the motion by Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale saying it will address inequalities in the education sector.
The members asked the government to ensure at least one public university is established in every county before the expiry of its term. Members accused successive post-independence regimes of not addressing marginalisation of certain communities which was started by the colonial regime.
Khalwale said successive governments have ensured that the best equipped public schools are established in certain areas, especially within Nairobi and Central Kenya, giving these regions undue advantage.
"Out of the 22 public universities in the country, 10 are in Nairobi and the Mt Kenya region," he said. "The development of the country's manpower must be fair."
Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang said the marginalisation in the country was both "structural and deliberate" He said the example of Riat in Kisumu, which he said was the first college of its kind to be established but was yet to be elevated to university status long after similar institutions had been elevated.
But Kenya have come up with new idea to have more colleges every county in order to reduce youth un employement. Last week I was in the meeting on inovation and Diaspora technology , how technology can be used to increase employment and increase curiculum on( Ujasirimali)Interprenauship in our universities instead of opening Party branches every corner of the country Our Politicians need to propagate todays challenge eductaion and Self employemnt a need to have no child left behind on our education system or every student to have Kikalio instead of our students sitting in VUMBI floor.
When I saw my President last few weeks was busy looking uhai wa Chama I had some disapointement ,I was expecting the President to talk about unemployemnt and improving life standards Health and our eductaion system but he was busy propagating UHAI WA CHAMA it tell me he have no intention to improve the standards of the Wananchi but to remain on power for any means While wenzetu wana run in Kenya sisi tuna sota !see below if Kenya is evaluating below target how about us ZERO !
A few weeks ago, a survey carried out showed that only 1 million Kenyans have degrees, i.e from recognized universities. Does it mean that majority of Kenyans are uneducated? So what happened to approximately 90% of the rest of the population?
A poet was overheard saying that the A plus student is more likely to be hired by the C stand student, in a business owned by the D minus student.Ironic isn't it?
More and more, the education system in Kenya is losing value as it's based on exams and the need to prove one's brilliance by getting a 'good' grade; as opposed to preparing students for a more practical eventuality in the real world.
Entrepreneurship is one such practical eventuality. Kenya is now adapting to creativity and innovation in many industries, the biggest beneficiaries being the small scale businesses and the entertainment industry.
Sometime back, a decade ago to be precise, a paying career as an actor, make up artiste, social media or IT consultant was unheard of. In today's environment, these career lines (and other professions) are embraced as viable career options.Perhaps necessity is really the mother of all inventions.
The youth lament that there are no jobs and that the government has neglected them- is this because the government has failed to expose them to alternative ways of exploiting their talents?
We explore this issue in this week's episode together with the various systems of education now available to Kenyans.
What's your take on East African education system? Share your thoughts with us right here.
This is Prime Minister have to say !Parents and education stakeholders countrywide are anxious to see what action against culprits of mass failures of the 2012 National Form IV Examination. Three weeks ago the government ordered re-grading of the examination results.
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda told the National Assembly on Thursday that the government would not hesitate to take legal measures against those involved in last year’s Form IV exam failures once the probe completes its work.
The premier was responding to a question during his 30-minute instant question session when asked by Magdalena Sakaya (Special seat-CUF), who sought explanation on disciplinary action the government is intending to take against those found guilty of students’ mass failures.
As a result of the mass failures some victims committed suicide while many others left psychologically affected after their results were announced by the Minister for Education and Vocational Training Dr Shukuru Kawambwa.
Pinda said the committee was still doing the investigations and once the exercise is over, the government would work on their recommendations which shall be made public. “We will get answers and if we happen to discover there were individuals responsible for the shameful action, the government will not hesitate to hold them accountable.”
He assured the MPs and Tanzanians in general not to worry about the issue as the government would work in accordance with the recommendations.
Three weeks ago, the government nullified the National Form Four results for all students who sat for the examination after a probe established that the system used by NECTA to grade results last year was different from the traditional system used in previous years called National Mean Difference (NMD).
Announcing the government decision in Parliament Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs) William Lukuvi said the committee formed by the prime minister learnt that NECTA used a new system called Fixed Grade Ranges (FGR) in grading students’ performance.
The government’s announcement came only four days after the inquiry committee led by Prof Sifuni Mchome tabled its preliminary report of findings to the cabinet in Dodoma on April 29.
According to him, the NMD also took on board the respective student’s average Continuous Assessment (CA) for each subject. Lukuvi gave no more details with regard to the new system (FGR) in grading students’ performance last year besides maintaining that such a system was not thoroughly researched and prepared before its application by NECTA.
Lukuvi said after the meeting with the committee the cabinet agreed unanimously that the 2012 Form IV results be nullified, according to advice from the inquiry task force. The minister said the results would now be standardized so that the pass marks could tally with efforts that students used while studying.
The cabinet also agreed that NECTA should suspend application of the new grading system (Fixed Grade Ranges) and should instead apply the old system in grading the 2012 Form results (National Mean Difference).
The results which registered unprecedented mass failure as over 60 per cent attained zero grade created a great confusion among parents and education stakeholders in the country as they were labeled the worst ever since independence and urged the government to take the matter seriously. .
Since the re-grading announcement, the government was under pressure from sections of the general public, lawmakers and some education experts. There has been voiced calling for political responsibility, some calling for the resignation of the Minister for Education, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa but their call ended up in vain.
Contacted on Thursday for comment on the sideline of the ongoing Parliamentary session, a CCM carder who preferred to remain anonymous said that, it’s high time now the government leaders to be held accountable in order to restore the dignity of the ruling CCM party.
He said that, most Tanzanian leaders have not developed the habit of resigning by themselves once serious allegations such as these are leveled against them unless the parliament intervenes. However, he said adding that, in re cent years it has been noticed that most leaders have been forced to resign with the pressure of Parliamentarians and not otherwise.
Driving his point on the issue of National form Four results, he said that, by any means if the CCM party wants to cleans itself, it must hold responsible its leaders including the Minister for Education and others who might have been closely associated with the issue.
“This is a big shame, not only in the country but it has sparked all over especially among our fellow East African member countries and probably in other parts of the world who might have looked it in a negative perspective” he lamented and added that Tanzanians have reasons to wait to hear what action their government will take.