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An Education System, once good but with flaws now


Education System

Education System

When the 8:4:4 Education System was first introduced in Kenya it seemed to work wonders. Primary students were able to cook food, mend and repair their own clothing. They were able to knit sweaters and make dresses including petticoat. Home science was my favorite subject, I couldn’t wait to attend the next class and practice what my teacher had taught me. Truly this was an amazing country.

The 8:4:4, Education System that was loved

The initial intention of the 8:4:4, Education System was to equip the student with practical knowledge that endeared them with parents. They were taught and assessed on the basic practical fundamentals that enabled them to live in a family unit. ‘I was taught how to cook a cake and ever since, I love doing the same. I can cook for myself without strain. I was practically taught how to wash different types of fabrics and how to dry them.’

The Education System enabled those who never proceeded with their education to be self employed and reliant. Parents never had major problems with their children.

 Constant changes in the 8:4:4, Education System perfects the art of memorizing to pass

The ideal situation for any Education System is to ensure that one learns to think and acquire knowledge that will be of beneficial use to him and others, now and in the future. The current Education System is stressful to the student since it only trains them to memorize subjects in order for them to pass and advance to the next level. It succeeds in putting pressure on the students.

Most students, who advance to Institutions of higher learning, find it very difficult to adjust to fit in the Education System of critical thinking. They are used to the system of memorizing and this increases the level of pressure. This means that pressure will continue mounting even at their work places. Could this be a possibility, why young people today find it difficult staying in one job for long?

Critical thinking is a very vital tool for any current and future engagements and endeavors. We can not have a qualified Medical doctor or Engineer who can not apply critical thinking in their work spaces. It would be disastrous if they’d apply only memory in areas that have conflicting or similar presentations and require diagnosis that involves critical thinking.

8:4:4, Education System has undergone several changes, sometimes removal of necessary or important subjects and heaping or overburdening students with subjects least useful in their future assignments.

Should we embrace an Education System that encourages talent development?

Most youngsters grow up to their mid twenties before they discover that they are talented in a particular field. It has been very challenging for Parents who push their children to acquire specific knowledge in order for them to be in certain preferential professions. These kids sometimes end up becoming rebellious and opt to choose another field of their interest even after completion of the initial course.

The 8-4-4 Education System has been with us since 1985, those who underwent through the system are now parents who are ill equipped to handle their children. Situations where a parent advocates for a particular area of specialization and a child another are very common resulting to un necessary conflicts.

Our Education System does not nature talents, talents that are viewed unfavorably are discouraged by parents, and the children have no place to turn to for redress if one finds himself in this kind of situation.

An Education System that would encourage students to identify particular areas of interest from early age would be important in child development. An Education System that includes and emphasizes on extra curricula activities is needful.

All concerned parties i.e. parents, the Education Ministry and other interested parties should urgently and seriously come together and draft an Education System that fulfills the dreams of Vision 2030, otherwise it will be an exercise in futility to have a vision and the ones expected to fulfill it do not know what to do. Most are frustrated from looking for the exclusive job opportunity and they are not equipped to start a business of their own. Seriously something should urgently be done on our Education System

 

An Education System, once good but with flaws now

When the 8:4:4 Education System was first introduced in Kenya it seemed to work wonders. Primary students were able to cook food, mend and repair their own clothing. They were able to knit sweaters and make dresses including petticoat. Home science was my favorite subject, I couldn’t wait to attend the next class and practice what my teacher had taught me.

The 8:4:4, Education System that was loved

The initial intention of the 8:4:4, Education System was to equip the student with practical knowledge that endeared them with parents. They were taught and assessed on the basic practical fundamentals that enabled them to live in a family unit. ‘I was taught how to cook a cake and ever since, I love doing the same. I can cook for myself without strain. I was practically taught how to wash different types of fabrics and how to dry them.’

The Education System enabled those who never proceeded with their education to be self employed and reliant. Parents never had major problems with their children.

 Constant changes in the 8:4:4, Education System perfects the art of memorizing to pass

The ideal situation for any Education System is to ensure that one learns to think and acquire knowledge that will be of beneficial use to him and others, now and in the future. The current Education System is stressful to the student since it only trains them to memorize subjects in order for them to pass and advance to the next level. It succeeds in putting pressure on the students.

Most students, who advance to Institutions of higher learning, find it very difficult to adjust to fit in the Education System of critical thinking. They are used to the system of memorizing and this increases the level of pressure. This means that pressure will continue mounting even at their work places. Could this be a possibility, why young people today find it difficult staying in one job for long?

Critical thinking is a very vital tool for any current and future engagements and endeavors. We can not have a qualified Medical doctor or Engineer who can not apply critical thinking in their work spaces. It would be disastrous if they’d apply only memory in areas that have conflicting or similar presentations and require diagnosis that involves critical thinking.

8:4:4, Education System has undergone several changes, sometimes removal of necessary or important subjects and heaping or overburdening students with subjects least useful in their future assignments.

Should we embrace an Education System that encourages talent development?

Most youngsters grow up to their mid twenties before they discover that they are talented in a particular field. It has been very challenging for Parents who push their children to acquire specific knowledge in order for them to be in certain preferential professions. These kids sometimes end up becoming rebellious and opt to choose another field of their interest even after completion of the initial course.

The 8-4-4 Education System has been with us since 1985, those who underwent through the system are now parents who are ill equipped to handle their children. Situations where a parent advocates for a particular area of specialization and a child another are very common resulting to un necessary conflicts.

Our Education System does not nature talents, talents that are viewed unfavorably are discouraged by parents, and the children have no place to turn to for redress if one finds himself in this kind of situation.

An Education System that would encourage students to identify particular areas of interest from early age would be important in child development. An Education System that includes and emphasizes on extra curricula activities is needful.

All concerned parties i.e. parents, the Education Ministry and other interested parties should urgently and seriously come together and draft an Education System that fulfills the dreams of Vision 2030, otherwise it will be an exercise in futility to have a vision and the ones expected to fulfill it do not know what to do. Most are frustrated from looking for the exclusive job opportunity and they are not equipped to start a business of their own. Seriously something should urgently be done on our Education System

Sexuality and Gender Identity in the Kenyan Cyberspace

Kenyan Cyberspace

The Kenyan Cyberspace has today become the second line of self orientation, identity and discovery. It is true that a good percentage of under 25yrs are active in Face Book and other Social Media sites, this sites help or confuse this youths get answers to life most difficult questions.

“Are you ‘straight’ or ‘gay’ or ‘lessie’ or are you ‘bi-sexual’?  Can we hook up? Aren’t these leading or misleading insights that are opening up a chapter for discussion on difficult subjects like Sexuality? This is all happening on the Kenyan CyberspaceKenyan Cyberspace has secretly but authoritatively opened up an exciting informal and formal argumentative and also informative episode bringing into the fore an aura of hope and despair in equal proportions.

Waste Management: Facts on Cockroaches


Cockroaches

Cockroaches Facts and Fun

Oh my God! there are Cockroaches in my house! Ohhhhhhhh i just switched on the lights and they scampered away. What does it mean when you see Cockroaches in your house? The answer is that you are living with one of the most primitive living insects dating back to the time of dinosaurs!

I remember when i was in lower primary, i went visiting a village friend. Those days we lived in mud walled thatched houses, sure bleeding grounds for Cockroaches. On one of the posts i saw a “beautiful” nest of Cockroaches, they were black and glittering in the dim fire light. I was stupidly impressed.

I decided to carry a few to our hut which was about 2km away. Imagine the shock my mother had when after three months a “beautiful” black glittering nest of Cockroaches was sighted on one of the hut posts! I don’t think she ever forgive me on this one. The Cockroaches are still there to date. My other siblings are still amused by this escapade.

 

There are over 4,500 species of Cockroaches ranging in size from 3cm to 10cm long. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to light. But when you see them, all have a broad, flattened body and a relatively small head. As they move around, they secrete a chemical trail in their faeces and emit a perfume, which alerts other Cockroaches as to where the party is.

Scientists hypothesize that Cockroaches decide where to go based on just two factors; how dark it is and how many other Cockroaches there are! Unfortunately for us these chemical trails also transmit bacteria, which can mean disease.

Some Female Cockroaches stay fertilized for life:-

Did you know some female species of Cockroaches are known to be parthenogenetic, that is they only mate once and stay pregnant for life! They will reproduce without the need for a male.

Do you try to disguise the fact that you are living with these primitive creatures by buying insect spray, invading the kitchen in the middle of the night then letting loose with the insect spray?

Does Political Agenda advances with time?


Changing Political Agenda !?, As time tickled, I looked at my watch and retired to bed. It reminded me of those days that my dad used to motion us, or rather summon us to our bedrooms, especially after we had had our sumptuous dinner; this was always after the 7 o’clock Kenya Broadcasting Corporation KBC night news. The theme of each broadcasted news, centered and revolved around a Political Agenda.

Our eyes glued on the TV set unperturbed by the surroundings as Baba (Retired former President Moi) uttered the trade mark Harambee! As a unison response of Nyayo! , reverberated the air. He spoke in a unique authoritative and accented crackling voice, obviously advancing both a Political Agenda and some Government position.