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Education Reforms May Take A While Before Realized

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The 2016 KCSE and KCPE results were received with mixed reactions. They were the first national examinations to be released under the new reforms guidelines.

  Many occasions reforms always attract resistance from several quotas since change takes a while before the fruits are achieved. Many of the stakeholders may have some hidden agendas which may not obviously be of ill intentions.

We must appreciate the role played by the key sectors both in public and private, who sincerely come out openly to support the reforms in order to confront the challenges hence confront any challenges posed by the old system

The education reforms should target labour demands, so as to prepare graduates towards that realizations. The labour market is high demanding and essential goals must be established in order to bridge the gaps through innovation, research and employment. It is through these outlines that we can be proud of our reforms.

Reforming the education sector will not take one national exams, one ministry or legislation  of cosmetic guideline policies, but will need combined efforts, concerted efforts and a system of administration from one governance to another. It will necessarily need a collective training and sensitization of the public. The advanced education will be built over a period of time in order to remain relevant and practical throughout the generations.

 In order for the reforms to bear fruits, obstacles that barricade the reforms must be addressed to let key players participate. The mainstream ministry should leverage the system of reforms and allow ventilation of support mechanism to contribute towards credible authentic system of exam success.

As Kenyans joins all other key stakeholders in celebrating the just concluded reformed exams in our education system, the rates of success should outweigh the overall failures. That said and done, the transition rates and growth in access to university education, a time has come to judge the balance of university graduates in relation to technical skills gained. We must ensure a balance of skills sets to offer a seamless technical knowledge attained right from certificate, diploma, Higher Diploma, Bachelor degrees, Master degrees and PhDs.

As a country we should gear towards producing the gleam of the nation, who can stand out competitively in the international education platforms and demonstrate the strength of our education system. Like our Kenyan athletes, our education products must excel at all round and bring the nation the much astounded pride and market our intellectuals in outside world.

 The Kenya vision 2030 champions is growing and the economic growth need to be supported by strong knowledge-based sectors, particularly, ICT, and service industry. All this is pegged on how well built our educations system is equipped in order to transform our graduates into models of excellence.

Our youths should be encouraged to apply for courses in technical and vocational training institutions where the capacity is really wanting and the demand is increasing day per day.

After many years of little publicity, technical, vocational education training (TVET) has become a point of discussion and a lot interest is laid open to the upcoming opportunities.

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