Friday, 19 July 2013

What will it mean to be a NYS graduate in Kenya?

My visual explanation of the new law to train all high
school graduates at NYS- a hard nut to crack, but sweet.
My research has primarily focused on the plight of educated young people in Kenya, and as i try to understand the complexity of their being, i am daily provided with new information from my government, the African Union and even international arenas.

Two issues that i have come across these past 5 months is the institutionalization of youth Affairs. With the new president, Youth Affairs (as well as women) are under the Office of the President. While this has been received with opposition by some people, it also coincides with the views that we have the youngest president ever, and so youth concerns may be central to his agenda. I am yet to unravel how this will affect my research paradigm in the near future. It does sound like a technology of the government, but it also looks a very trans-formative and radical approach to the subject of youth in a fast developing country like Kenya.

Secondly, a law on training all  high school graduates at National Youth Service has just been passed in Kenya. Read: Law on School leavers training at NYS passed . Come think of it, i am from that generation where NYS was not a thing we ever dreamed about. It was already history by the time i completed high school. The youth who enrolled in NYS then were not expected to proceed to University, and people like us who had high education prospects paid little attention to NYS. Neither of us had job aspirations though.
But the parliament, has gone back to the law that was just post-independence, when all high school graduates attended NYS before proceeding to university. Kenya will not be the first, this still happens in several African countries. But what is even more significant, is the parliamentary plea that NYS graduates will be ranked higher when it comes to job seeking. Yes, this is good, but i am yet to unravel too: what about the massive high school graduates who currently have no prospects of joining higher education, and who are still jobless? Does this implicate youth aspirations and in what ways? Too, i am wondering what it will take to implement this policy in every county. Do we have the capacity- resources?

Still, my research goes on, should i ignore these views as i continue with my research, or should i come back to these issues in future? What a dilemma i am researching!

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