Due to the current increase in the young population in Kenya there has been need to increase the number of students joining university. this has also come with its effects on academics.
Congestion in campuses
For a good academic success students should always have a good and quality environment towards this success. But in Kenya this so called academic environment is turning out to be an academic hazard. The number of students being enrolled to a single campus for example is doubling tremendously.
The government, without doing much research in the available resource in the public universities, allowed this program me to the place. Until only did they realize that the program was a hazard when it was already out of hand.
Before the introduction of the so called “double entry system” by the government, a single hall or to be precise a lecture theater could hold a maximum of 50 students in full turnout. After this the hall had to rapture its walls and accommodate 200 students in low turnout.
Under one lecturer this was easy to handle but for now being a lecturer is one lasting to doing the career field for some. No wonder our lecturers down their tools daily for a rises in their pay. Sure the shoe owner knows where it itches.
This has led to most students joining campus in their first year and they only complete their first semester only to be send home once again to provide room for other students how are to come back to school after their holiday or maybe they are also joining. A degree which was then a four year program takes a minimum 7 good years to clear.
Visiting the student in their hostels is one last thing one should do. The small campus cube room-picturing it-carries four students in it and after all that won’t be enough to accommodate the whole campus population.
The government showing no response to this has left not only students tongue-tided but also the parents and the whole Kenya community.
Theft cases have highly been on the rise when this program was put in place. Unlike before students used to get their loans towards their end of semester when they are already fed up waiting for it. This has made many students to be broke hence seeking another alternative of stealing from their friends and making money from selling this goods. The most things that students complain of them being stolen are laptops and other electronics like phones and other stuff.
Raising cases of immorality is also on the watch. In line with the issue of finances, immorality is on the rise as many of our female children, well let say students, need money for their upkeep. As they say necessity leads to innovation and diversity, these students seek for all means to make themselves fit in campus and the only solution they find genuine is that. So who do we blame?
Not leaving parents behind. They also find it out of sight as they are usually force to clear fees and before they even settle they are again asked to do the same to other children in their households. This is becoming a vice rather than a virtue. They also then to spend by giving more upkeep money to their children than before its introduction.
My take is now that parents should even try taking their children to private colleges rather than public ones. It is now clear to me that cheap is indeed expensive.
have been sitting for their final examinations in various institutions country wide and expressing some sense of high success.
It is now with great concern that me, among other student in Kenya, seek the government and all the concerned bodies to kindly restructure their program me and come up with a better one. Not all students can find the opportunity to express their disgusted feelings and hence I have decided to do it in writing.