Our universities should do away with the full-time study system

Monday November 19 2018

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education tests are coming to an end. Our universities will admit about 70,000 of these students.
Their luxury of university placement will depend almost entirely on their guardians’ financial clout. The learners’ primary job will be to consume and study.

The Higher Educations Loans Board (Helb) will come in handy for almost all the learners. For some, the sudden cash will go to luxuries.
Those not be so lucky will look for “sponsors” or “blessers”.
Students have very few options when it comes to generating income, yet they are intelligent. They can be employed as cashiers, waiters or even models and still pursue their studies.

Universities should do away with the full-time study model.
Ironically, academic results for those daring enough to pursue their talents and business ventures are often not good.
Having a work-friendly academic plan will increase and diversify the application of what one learns.
It will also ensure students have enough time to share their skills and experiences.

Students pursuing IT, graphic design, accounting and marketing courses, for example, can easily form a company.
That is how some of the world’s biggest companies, like Microsoft, were born.
That is what will help and reform university education in our country. It will also help in realising President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.
FANON KIHIU, Kenyatta University.


The holiday season is here. Urbanite Kenyans have sent their children to relatives in rural areas while village youngsters are now in towns.
There is nothing wrong wit that since Kenyans want their children to bond and have a taste of both worlds.
It is always a relief for parents because they spend a lot in terms of pocket money, food and other necessities when children are around. Unfortunately, many lose contact with their children during such moments.
They have this feeling that the children are in safe hands.

When the holidays are over, the children are rarely debriefed. It is the gifts they come back with that matter. The success of the holidays is measured in terms of the chickens, clothes or shoes they return home with.
What we need to know is that some of these children literally become house helps. Others are introduced to drugs and crime.
We must listen to our children when holidays are over. They may have gone through some horrible experiences.
Let us not make the assumption that the children are too young to decipher what is happening or that our relatives are always good.