CS Magoha urges UoN graduates to create their own jobs

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has told University of Nairobi graduands to aim at entrepreneurship so that they can create their own jobs rather than tarmacking.

Speaking during the 63rd graduation ceremony, which was held virtually on Friday; Prof Magoha told the fresh graduates to aim beyond looking for employment arguing that the training they had received was adequate for self-employment.

“Don’t go out there to look for jobs, go out there to create jobs. Our brains can work beyond what we give you. If your target is to look for a job, you have already shut down your brain,” the Cabinet Secretary stated.

The virtual graduation ceremony took 4 hours as 2,851 graduands and their family members followed the proceedings from online platforms.  Most people depended on the broadcast from TV stations, Zoom, Facebook and other streaming platforms. The graduation ceremony produced 2,047 Bachelor students, 370 Master students, 367 Diploma students, 54 PhD graduates and 15 students who graduated with postgraduate diplomas.

The event was presided by the UoN Vice Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama who was recently confirmed as the VC to lead country’s biggest varsity.

Pre-primary schools

Elsewhere, governors have said that Early Childhood Development Education Centres (ECDE) will be reopened in November after the reopening of primary and secondary schools.

This is after the county bosses met to reexamine the health protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health. The move is aimed at ensuring that all the learning institutions, including the technical ones are reopened.

“Counties shall undertake random testing of Covid-19 on ECDE children before re-opening. In this regard, we urge the Ministry of Health to support counties with testing kits,” said Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya.

Currently, the ECDE institutions are under counties and the devolved governments are charged with deciding their fate in terms of preparation and the safety protocols.

Meanwhile, the CoG boss also said that vocational training centres will reopen their doors concurrently with the primary and secondary schools.

Preparations

The learning institutions were shut after coronavirus broke out in the country by March 13, when the government restricted movements to curb the spread of the virus. The Ministry of Education has exercised caution, delaying the reopening and engaging various stakeholders in discussing the logistics and the guidelines to be followed when reopening the schools.

Recently, the Education CS Prof Magoha, alongside other stakeholders like the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) resolved to have teachers report to school by Monday, September 28, 2020, ahead of the announcement for reopening of schools. Part of the preparation is the Sh1.9 billion stimulus package the government has allocated for the purchase of desks from the Jua Kali artisans. The desks are expected to boost the preparedness of schools by curbing shortage of furniture or replacing the broken ones. This will be given in accordance with registered schools per ward.

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