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Education researchers raise concern over quality of students 

The  Twaweza  Director, Aden  Ayakuze making a point during a press briefing at an education workshop held in Nyeri on  Wednesday December  6, 2017. With him (right) is Dr. Benjamin  Piper  from  Research  Triangle Institute (RTI). Photo  by KNA.




Researchers  in education have raised concern over the quality of graduates that learning institutions were releasing to the job market despite the huge investment the government was making in the education sector.

According to the researchers drawn from various key stakeholders in the education sector who rooted for implementation of skill-based programs in schools, the return on investment was lower than expected.

Dr. Benjamin Piper from Research Triangle Institute (RTI), said despite the government putting a lot of resources in the education sector as compared to the neighboring countries, the quality of the final product was still wanting.

Speaking in Nyeri town on Wednesday during an ongoing two-day workshop geared towards generating content that can help improve learning in the country, Piper, said there was need for investments to be made towards skills-based programs.

Twaweza Director, Aden Ayakuze, said many of the learners coming out of institutions of higher learning were not able to secure or create employment, which he attributed to weak learning foundational skills.

“The final product is as good as it’s the foundation,” said Ayakuze, adding that more focus need to be put on the basic training young people were getting in their early years of education.

Dr. Benta Abuya from African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), said institutions of higher learning could not be solely blamed for producing half-baked graduates.

She said the institutions major role was to polish up on the skills inculcated on learners’ right from the foundational stages of their education.

Dr. Abuya said it was time focus on the education system shifted from being certificate oriented to skill-based in a bid to improve learning and inculcate in learners, life and leadership skills.

The researchers however, said the new curriculum developed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum development (KICD) set to be implemented soon, offered a ray of hope for transformative education.

By  Samuel  Waititu

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