How the Future of Majority of Kenyans Was Stolen

By Phillip Nyalenda

-Kenyan pre-colonization economy was characterized by utilization of our natural resources..farming (plants and animals), fishing, arts and handiwork, all balanced by trade. There was a slight gap between rich and poor.
-During the colonization period, a number began to get the importance of education. Schools were seen as a means to brightening one’s future. A decent education translated into a good job and ultimately financial freedom. The economic gap was still not much felt since majority focused on Agriculture and trade.
-However, after Independence, problems began. A number of people used political influence to take control of major factors of production (LAND and CAPITAL) leaving the majority with only labour as an endowment. They taught us that LABOUR could be improved by education so many left their farms/trade and sought education so that they become employable. They wealthy still controlled the last factor of production, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, teaching their kids the value and practice of business.
-21st Century saw so much focus on tertiary education. Parallel programs were introduced, to (largely) help those who had acquired wealth over time get academic qualifications. While majority struggled to educate their kids, others used already enriched coffers to buy degrees, certificates and diplomas.
-The RESULT is a situation where those who have accrued the major factors of production, also posses certifications. And Kenya seems to be a learned nation! But the problem is that, since the quality of education compromised, there’s less innovation and, by extension, jobs are a problem to come by. Therefore, those who only had education as their future investment plan are sent into damnation. EDUCATION is not paying off! However, the rich don’t care because they will still employ a qualified graduate, pay them less in their enterprises while holding top positions in Government, since, after all, they’re also ‘qualified’.
-The future is even more skewed towards the rich.



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