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Huge Number of 2021 KCSE Students To Miss Public universities

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Huge Number of 2021 KCSE Students To Miss Public universitiesA large number of candidates who took the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in 2021 will not be admitted to public universities.Only 145,145 of the 831,015 candidates who took the national exam qualified for government-sponsored placement in universities.The principal of Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST), Sammy Chemoiwa, has urged those who did not get the chance to join TTIs to learn technical skills.“There is nothing to be ashamed of if one misses a chance to join university. It is a chance to approach life from a different perspective that is in tandem with our job market,” Chemoiwa said.He noted that, while universities produce managers, the country has historically failed to produce a skilled workforce to drive the economy.Chemoiwa stated that in order to compete effectively with other larger economies in the region and globally, the country must engage in all possible modes of production.Chemoiwa noted that the education system has produced a generation of young Kenyans whose primary goal has been to find work after finishing their studies.He stated that those who attend technical colleges have a high chance of having successful careers if they are well-connected to the labor market.“Running a business successfully requires a greater understanding of the industry one is in. With the knowledge and skills, all they will need is linkage to the job market and capital,” he said.Chemoiwo suggested that technical and vocational institutions establish strong alumni associations to mentor aspiring technicians in order to create a link to the job market.Kimutai Too and William Khamati, both alumnus of the institution who own businesses in Nakuru and Nairobi, agreed that the importance of such connections in mentoring the next generation cannot be overstated.ALSO READ:They emphasized the importance of technical courses as a driving force in the economy, pointing out that the majority of university courses are designed to produce managers.According to Alice Tanyasi, an alumni, technical colleges focus on hands-on skills, whereas universities focus on producing managers. Despite the high demand for skilled workers, this has resulted in a job market crowded with less skilled personnel.Ms Tanyasi urged the government to ensure that technical colleges are well-equipped to produce graduates who have already had exposure to industry equipment while in training.Huge Number of 2021 KCSE Students To Miss Public universities

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