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Joe Gachira
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Is the School Curriculum Content Relevant for the Job Market?

Is the content of the Kenyan curriculum in our schools and universities relevant for the job market and current practice? …

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  1. In my opinion I believe the curriculum is a long way from being relevant if ever. At worst it’s totally defunct. The focus has always been on grilling and teaching students to memorize and remember information rather than understand the information’ It’s an exam based learning system where you’re grRead more

    In my opinion I believe the curriculum is a long way from being relevant if ever. At worst it’s totally defunct. The focus has always been on grilling and teaching students to memorize and remember information rather than understand the information’ It’s an exam based learning system where you’re graded on how close you can come to quoting the textbook.

    There literally is no practicality in it and there’s even less flexibility. It’s becoming ever ingrained in students that the purpose of education is to give you better odds at getting a job and that’s what they stick to. This is why you get a good chunk of them staying home after graduating even though there’s a plethora of things they could do in their field of expertise or other fields if they sent themselves out there and focused on creating their own employment.

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  1. Depending on what your aiming to be employed in. In some cases, you find that you are god in theory but cannot apply what you learnt practically because practical activities were not seen as being of much importance.

    Depending on what your aiming to be employed in. In some cases, you find that you are god in theory but cannot apply what you learnt practically because practical activities were not seen as being of much importance.

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  1. To be honest, formal education in Kenya is a scam. For starters, we have industries like Journalism and Media where despite having so many people graduating; the same same media personalities have been occupying the jobs for years hence leaving university leavers jobless. This is a reality in so manRead more

    To be honest, formal education in Kenya is a scam.

    For starters, we have industries like Journalism and Media where despite having so many people graduating; the same same media personalities have been occupying the jobs for years hence leaving university leavers jobless. This is a reality in so many industries be it manufacturing, fashion and design, agriculture, IT and even finance. It is even worse in government offices where there are overqualified people who will not retire from their positions. This is caused by greed and corruption which is the crimson color in most Kenyan’s blood.

    Secondly, the Kenyan curriculum seems to raise a generation of employees and very few entrepreneurs. The system does not encourage innovation at all. Yet, there is an increase of StartUps and funding opportunities which most times only people in the Upper Middle Class who got a different kind of education are able to access these platforms.

    Thirdly, we have too much theory in our curriculum. That is why even solutions in the government are lacking because we have no practicality in our education. People travel and imagine solutions in Dubai can work here. The way the coursework is structured, there is more textbook theory than any sort of work.

    Last but not least, the curriculum does not teach people to be independent thinkers. I have been in the job market long enough to know that you need so much more knowledge before getting any job. You need to think out of the box. You need to question a few things. You need to go through the path that no one knows about. How will this happen if we are all studying to be doctors and pilots?

    If you change Kenya’s curriculum totally, you will have changed the whole country.

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  2. I don’t think the Content actually equips the students for job opportunities. Basically most of the students study to Pass an exam. We have a more theoretical education system than practical yet the job market requires people who are more practical than theoretical. On the other hand, the educationRead more

    I don’t think the Content actually equips the students for job opportunities. Basically most of the students study to Pass an exam. We have a more theoretical education system than practical yet the job market requires people who are more practical than theoretical.

    On the other hand, the education system in Kenya for example trains you to be an employee rather than an employer. That’s where unemployment problems come in.

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  3. Wait until your skills are not relevant in the job market.

    Wait until your skills are not relevant in the job market.

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  4. The current curriculum content only condition learners to pass exams only but on the other end it doesn't equip them with experience and practicality. A good case study is our university .majority of the learners nowadays prefer TVEts as oppose to university.

    The current curriculum content only condition learners to pass exams only but on the other end it doesn’t equip them with experience and practicality. A good case study is our university .majority of the learners nowadays prefer TVEts as oppose to university.

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  1. In my opinion I believe the curriculum is a long way from being relevant if ever. At worst it’s totally defunct. The focus has always been on grilling and teaching students to memorize and remember information rather than understand the information’ It’s an exam based learning system where you’re grRead more

    In my opinion I believe the curriculum is a long way from being relevant if ever. At worst it’s totally defunct. The focus has always been on grilling and teaching students to memorize and remember information rather than understand the information’ It’s an exam based learning system where you’re graded on how close you can come to quoting the textbook.

    There literally is no practicality in it and there’s even less flexibility. It’s becoming ever ingrained in students that the purpose of education is to give you better odds at getting a job and that’s what they stick to. This is why you get a good chunk of them staying home after graduating even though there’s a plethora of things they could do in their field of expertise or other fields if they sent themselves out there and focused on creating their own employment.

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  2. Yes & no so this means it can't be 100% relevant to the job market because when u get to the public market u need to be create and also remember whenever u get a new job u will go through a training just that a bit of the school curriculum will be need in there, & it will be like that.

    Yes & no so this means it can’t be 100% relevant to the job market because when u get to the public market u need to be create and also remember whenever u get a new job u will go through a training just that a bit of the school curriculum will be need in there, & it will be like that.

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  3. Hard one to answer for me. But I believe that whatever curriculum is in place must place a lot of emphasis on skills development. I have an 844 and two CBCs at home. I seem not to understand the CBC roadmap. I however know that, with the 844 kid, extra curricula work is needed.

    Hard one to answer for me. But I believe that whatever curriculum is in place must place a lot of emphasis on skills development. I have an 844 and two CBCs at home. I seem not to understand the CBC roadmap. I however know that, with the 844 kid, extra curricula work is needed.

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