Changes Ruto Gov’t Intends To Make In The Education Sector.
After his main opponent Raila Odinga vowed to go to the Supreme Court, William Ruto could be in charge of Africa’s sixth richest economy if his victory in the August 9 polls is upheld.
Millions of Kenyans are expecting him to deliver after crisscrossing the country rallying masses behind his hustler narrative with endless and ambitious promises.
While unveiling his manifesto, he made a slew of populist promises, many of which he promised would be fulfilled within his first 100 days in office.
Teachersupdates.co.ke recalls a few pledges and changes Ruto Gov’t Intends To Make In The Education Sector.
Within six (6) months of the formation of Ruto’s government, an Education and Employment Committee will be formed.
The committee will ensure that students from historically marginalized areas have a 100% transition from institutions of higher learning to employment in both formal and informal employment sectors.
By 2027, the UDA government hopes to absorb all graduates from historically marginalized areas into the labor force.
This policy adheres to the Kenya Kwanza philosophy of “farasi angoje punda.” This policy is based on the belief that some regions have lagged economically as a result of education being concentrated in a few areas.
For example, the majority of the country’s best schools are concentrated in and around Nairobi and Central Kenya.
“Under our Kenya Kwanza government, this discriminatory state of affairs will change.” Reads the manifesto.
Ruto promised to award higher bursaries to marginalized areas while reducing bursaries to already developed and educated areas.
He also promised to prioritize the construction of new schools and the transfer of skilled human resources from well-educated areas to under-educated areas.
The Education and Employment Committee will also oversee the transition of all private-owned universities, colleges, and polytechnics to public ownership and oversight by the Ministry of Education.
This will be done to streamline education materials and standardize testing across the board so that some graduates do not have an unfair advantage over those who attend public schools.
The Education and Employment Committee will also conduct a survey of workers and employment in Kenya across public and private institutions, reporting on sectors with over-representation and those with under-representation.
A similar survey will be conducted in higher education institutions.
“Education programs with surplus supply of students (in excess of industry needs) will be culled with lower performing students being redistributed to programs with deficient supply.”
Those education programs that have no discernible demand in the labor market will be discontinued in order to avoid wasting the time of students who will be left with unusable qualifications.
The manifesto states that there is no reason for students to waste their parents’ money on unmarketable courses.
A “hustler government” will place a strong emphasis on job-training programs.
In addition to higher education reforms, we will implement mandatory conscription of all Kenyans aged 18–20 into the National Youth Service within the first twenty-four (24) months of government formation.
The NYS is an important institution in instilling discipline and the spirit of public service in Kenya’s youth, and its temporary disbandment and partial re-introduction represented a significant break in Kenya’s nation-building and moral reinforcement.
In the first phase of recruitment, all Kenyans between the ages of 18 and 20 will be required to serve a two-year mandatory enlistment in major development projects such as construction, civil relief intervention, urbanization and beautification, and public infrastructure expansion.
This includes the Establishment of 20,000 acres of National Youth Service National
barracks and training facilities in Machakos County.
All tertiary education level leavers (form 4 leavers) will be transitioned into NYS for two years of mandatory service before being placed in higher learning institutions or further employment in the second phase of enlistment.
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UDA govt also seeks to establish Rift Valley National University, a public University in Kericho County, to increase access to tertiary education in Kenya in all major academic disciplines.
Meru University of Science and Technology will be converted to the National Polytechnic of Kenya (STEM disciplines) to absorb Form Four leavers for applicable studies
Kenyans who do not meet the entry requirements for higher education will be absorbed into the National Police Service.
Ruto’s gov’t will see the return of Maziwa Ya Nyayo for all students aged 10 years and below.
He also promised compulsory lunchtime meals (national diet) in all schools from pre-unit to tertiary level and compulsory daily fruit for all students across all levels of education.