Many university students have completely lost faith in the country’s ability to equalise education and also the job markek. Not just because of the problems facing the country but due to a fundamental lack of faith in the leaders chosen to rule our nation. After gaining independence and despite our vast wealth plentiful natural resources, talents and human capacity with which we are endowed as a nation.
We continue to struggle with the most basic needs (food, shelter, water and sanitation, electricity, etc) paralyzed by : wide spread poverty, endemic corruption; high levels of unemployment; impoverished education, decaying health and social care systems, chaotic transport, communications and other essential infrastructure; less than adequate institutions of government at all levels; broken down justice system of law, order, security of life and property; weak, fragile and unstable economy, financial systems and institutions .
Without confidence in the system, its leaders, the democratic principles of the nation such as civic participation, voting and community involvement are eroded, further jeopardizing the country’s future. Angered by failures of corrupt and poor leadership; frustrated by economic policies that did not deliver, impatient to recover from lost civil rights; worn out by conflicts.
Many Kenyans are now striving for a fresh start. The start must come from a new generation of leaders, committed to acceptable and sustainable reforms. The mood now in Kenya is changing as people begin to speak out more confidently against corruption, human rights abuses and criticize the unpopular policies of pertaining higher education in Kenya.
In every corner in Kenya, there is a debate on what is critical to the future of the country.
What is certain in the country today is that almost everything still needs to be fixed. Kenya has all the ingredients for both success and failure. Skewing the role of the State towards serving special interests; division of its citizens along ethnic and religious lines and trapping generations in poverty all stubbornly remain in place. Its the next generation of leaders that will have less of a margin to get it wrong and changing the nation for good is no longer a question of choice but that of will and couragement.
The challenge, perhaps, facing all Kenyans (at home and abroad) is whether there is enough will and courage among citizens to unite, commit and resolve to radically reform, modernize and move the nation forward not looking backward to the failed policies and practices of the past.
As a nation and Sub Saharan Africa’s leading in diverse natural resources, we are in danger of squandering another opportunity to upgrade our Higher Education system, revive public services and secure the good of the coming generation