After passing High School, what next?

The National Examinations Council on Friday, published last years exam results, which indicate that an estimated 88.9 percent of those who sat for the secondary school leaving certificate have passed and are eligible for certificates. This is an improvement according to the RNEC and Ministry of Education officials. It is evident that many students are completing secondary school studies and performing well. However, as the officials indicated, only a small percentage of those who pass are absorbed into public institutions of higher learning. Many will have to go into vocational training. It is important to highlight that whereas many are always happy to go to Universities, there is need to popularise vocational education for young people who have completed secondary school education. Most vocational training institutions are practical and oriented towards educating people who are job creators rather than job seekers.

The National Examinations Council on Friday, published last years exam results, which indicate that an estimated 88.9 percent of those who sat for the secondary school leaving certificate have passed and are eligible for certificates.

This is an improvement according to the RNEC and Ministry of Education officials. It is evident that many students are completing secondary school studies and performing well.

However, as the officials indicated, only a small percentage of those who pass are absorbed into public institutions of higher learning.

Many will have to go into vocational training. It is important to highlight that whereas many are always happy to go to Universities, there is need to popularise vocational education for young people who have completed secondary school education.

Most vocational training institutions are practical and oriented towards educating people who are job creators rather than job seekers.

There is a need for proper career guidance, since most of the time students who perform well in A-level, go on to study courses in Universities and other Institutions of higher learning that do not necessarily translate into job opportunities once they have graduated.

Thus students should be guided in a way that ensures they pursue vocations or courses that are practical and relevant to the job market both nationally and internationally.

Moreover, the stakeholders in the education sector ought to put a lot of emphasis on polytechnic institutions which emphasize technical training.

The several Universities that have come up also have to be encouraged to adopt an education curriculum that emphasizes practical training.

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