By Josiah Odanga
Yet again, thousands of graduates will be jerked into the turbulent school of life and experience this Friday.
Kenyatta, Rongo, Kisii, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Masinde Muliro and Maseno universities all have their graduation ceremonies set for 14 December 2018. And as if those won’t be enough the Technical University of Kenya has a similar ceremony scheduled for 18th and 21st for TVET and degree courses respectively.
This comes even as more graduations have been witnessed in this last quarter of 2018 alone; among them being those of Maasai Mara University and University of Eldoret.
The bulging number of graduands notwithstanding, Kisii University alone has hit a new record of 5603 students who are to be conferred with various degrees, diplomas and certificates. Among them are 4009 achievers of various bachelors degrees scattered across all its eight schools and faculties.
It will be Kenyatta university’s second graduation this year and, though the exact number of graduands is not verily clear yet, the “official graduation list” for the forthcoming event run into thousands.
Of all the foregoing universities, at 1410, Rongo seems to be the only one varsity on the minimum side of numbers of prospective achievers this year.
Perhaps Embakasi MP Babu Owino is the only Kenyan who believes people go to school to gain knowledge; if what he said on some TV reality show is something to go by. However, there is the dominant school of thought that people go to school to ‘get papers, so as to get jobs’.
Yes, jobs. Where does the oncoming graduations leave Kenya with her ever-ballooning number of youths who are becoming professionals, and who undoubtedly want jobs to climb the economic ladder?
Already there have been job place layoffs and nonagenarians getting work opportunities.
One year and counting, into the “legacy time” of President Uhuru Kenyatta, how has the Big 4 Agenda been impactful and helping the numerous thousands of Kenyans who qualified last year?