Education System: Are You Getting the Most Out of School?
We living in a time where the education system in Kenya determines your grades and your grades define your future. What happens to students who end up scoring lower grades and go back home after 4 years of high school feeling like losers?
Is it about being gifted or finding out what gift you have and change the world? It is essential to make the students and teachers feel comfortable learning. But what does the 8-4-4 Education System do? Let’s see:If education is the 'key', why do we tax books? Click To Tweet We living in a time where the education system in Kenya determines your grades and your grades define your future. Should we seek alternatives? Click To Tweet
We featured a brief chunk of a rant by one Magunga Williams on this article called: KCSE Leakage: A Productive Rant About Exams in Kenya. He had initially shared it on his facebook. People shared his frustration with the Education Systems as he even called for a disbandment of KCPE and KCSE examinations:
Magunga William’s Story: I don’t expect things to change. The Money that has been poured to maintain this system is not loose change.
Spend 8 years sitting for one exam that will determine what kind of High School you will get into. Then spend 4 years preparing for another one that determines what sort university or career you will get into. All this time, there is no element of choice. There is no element of individuality. You’re just in a system that doesn’t really care what you want, just what you qualify for.
And then you wonder why so many people are frustrated at workplaces they didn’t wish to be in. Why they are falling off of buildings. Why they are angry all the time. Why they feel complacent to even change not just their careers, but the politicians who ruin their lives. Just accept and move on.
To be very honest, I do not ever remember saying honestly what I wanted to be when I grew up. When asked that question, I’d think of the most sophisticated career just to sound cool and to impress visitors. But what did I like? I loved writing. I loved dancing. I loved entertaining people. I loved adventure.
Then I ended up in law school. I chose it, btw. Just to shut up my mom and Head of Careers Dept in Maranda High School. They wanted me to pick Physics (because with it you had more options for careers in uni) and yet I hated our Physics teacher, Mr. Adipo with the fury of seven hells. That man was an asshole to me. So I dropped Physics in Form 2 third term and decided there and then that I would become a lawyer. It was the career that was prestigious enough to get people off my back and did not require Physics.
So I went to law school, but by the third year, I wanted to quit. I didn’t. I finished and then decided to pursue what I loved doing. Writing.
This act was not just an act of defiance against pretty much my entire family, it was an act of defiance to this system. This one that hates choice and individuality. This one that does not acknowledge that sometimes people make the wrong choices and that you do not have to live with a wrong choice simply because you made it. This system that argues that the importance of a degree is in getting you a job.
This system that boils up when an A student prefers the arts to sciences because someone somewhere decided that academically brilliant people cannot be talented. And if they happen to be, it should be a side thing. A system that tells you if you do not practice what you studied for, then you have wasted that knowledge (and school fees).
If you asked me, KCPE and KCSE are models of examinations that need to be done away with. It may have been important at some point (I don’t know when) but its usefulness has run its course.
I don’t expect things to change. Money that has been poured to maintain this system is not loose change. And when money talks, it speaks rather clearly.
Outdated Educational Curriculums
Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a dog by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it’s a fool. The education system in Kenya hasn’t changed for over 10 years.
Why do we say we’re preparing students for the future and yet what was taught a century ago is still in the Kenyan school syllabus?
Times are changing and what we all need is finding out what is the importance of education.
The norm has always been; going to school, graduate, tarmac for 5 years looking for a job, build a house, buy a car, raise a family and make wealth but we can turn around all these to acquire knowledge and be job creators.The education system in Kenya hasn’t changed for over 10 years. Why do we say we're preparing students for the future and yet what was taught a century ago is still in the Kenyan school syllabus? Click To Tweet
A History of the Education System in Kenya undermining Teachers Role:
Teachers have the most important job: teaching how to read and write and more but they end up getting peanuts for payment. Those in charge don’t understand because they passed through the education system for formality.
Today, children have extremely brilliant minds and are the most creative but the education system… Come on, who among you truly loves and adores school?
I spent years in school learning trigonometry and it really helps me… well, you know it doesn’t.
The most boring part of school life is wasting time learning things that will never apply anywhere in my day to day life. Honestly, most of what I learned in school applies nowhere in my life.Teachers have the most important job: teaching how to read and write and more but they end up getting peanuts for payment. Those in charge don't understand because they passed through the education system for formality. Click To Tweet
Rote Learning supported by the 8-4-4 System:
I still remember mama asking every evening what I learned, and I couldn’t even remember what I was taught a few hours ago. I hope you don’t expect me to remember anything now.
If school focused more on learning rather than testing it would have been a better place since most students will be willing to get the knowledge and would ask questions in class.
If you ever raised your hand in class to answer a question and ended up not giving the right answer everyone including the teacher ended up concluding that you’re dumb.
It’s sad that exams are the method of society to define who you are.If you ever raised your hand in class to answer a question and ended up not giving the right answer everyone including the teacher ended up concluding that you’re dumb. Click To Tweet
There’s a difference between schooling and getting educated. Schooling is just going to class every morning, attending lessons till evening getting controlled by the bell and end up getting nothing.
We all have different strengths and gifts, creating an education system that will accommodate every student would be the best way of learning.
We have no slow students; it’s just a matter of knowing how better you can understand. The moment the students get to know what they love and do it perfectly well, life becomes easier for them.If education is the key, where's the door? (because someone must have changed the lock...) Click To Tweet If education is the 'key', why do we tax books? Click To Tweet
If Education is the Key, Why is it so Expensive?
Jamaican musician Richie Spice asks this question in his song: Youth Dem Cold. Here’s a brief section to one of the verses:
If education is the key, then tell me why the people have to make it so expensive for we? ~ @1richiespice #EducationCurriculum Click To Tweet
Youth Dem Cold by Richie Spice
As generation comes and grows
You gotta make preparation for the youths them a grow
It’s what you reap it’s what you sow
The youths them have a life in the future so when that’s then you know
If education is the key
Then tell me why the people have to make it so expensive for we
Give them the key, oh set them free