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Stop misleading on degrees, Kenyans retort at Uhuru – VIDEO

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Kenyans online have faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta for asking parents to stop exerting unnecessary pressure on their children over degrees and examinations and instead focus on nurturing talents of the learners under the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

President Kenyatta on Friday lectured Kenyans on degrees and exams, citing examples of rich men who never went to university but made it in life for following their dreams.

“After all wale wanatawale pesa ya hii yetu, uliangalia Yule steve Jobs wa Apples na Bill Gates, hakuna moja wao alienda university lakini wakija hapa unaona ma professors wanakimbia kushika mikono zao na kuomba kusaidiwa,” said the president.

But Kenyans are not buying the narrative and pointed out the lack of similarities.

“Bill Gates and Steve Jobs never grew up in a third world country which we are. We have the talents but we need resources to nature them,” commented @Teddy_izoe

@Jabezmac said: “President is ignorant about education. Bill Gates quit Harvard. He was actually in university but got a great idea and he quit. He qualified to the Highest institution of learning. Our kids need to be told this story differently otherwise they will end up in wamlambez manenos.”

“Steve Jobs and Gates are exceptions to the rule. There are millions of their age mates who also didn’t go to university and accomplished nothing. How do children pursue their passion when your govt is heavily taxing everything?” posted @MuhangaMike.

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“But both could not be allowed to teach any undergraduate class in America universities? And along the way they have used the products and services of many PhDs. Don’t ignore the technological underbelly of America that strutted them!,” said @dr_ajwang.

@NicolaSirengo commented, “Waturudishie fee za university we pursue our passion in life”.

@baxter_real commented, “I support the president but take a look how talents are being wasted, if just music MCSK pays an artist peanuts where a we heading, need no favour just create an enabling environment, empower youth ul see nobody knocking public offices for jobs.”

“ @KRACare taxes all sorts of innovations especially ICT unlike in the US,” posted @ogxxv.

“Unfortunately that doesn’t pay in Kenya, see what happens to musicians, football, athletics so tusidanganyane,” said @ade_Kupesting.

@Maxi_Wachira tweeted, “We all cant be Bill gates, the heartbeat of Microsoft or Apple is a whole team of graduates or technically savvy individuals.”

“With all due respect to our Head of state, yes education may not be the only key, but look at the education systems present in those countries and compare with what is being offered. For some of the youth out there an education is the only hope. Nothing comical here,” @JamesMwadeghu commented

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Shock as decomposing body in a sack found in school compound

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A decomposing body of a woman stashed in a sack was yesterday found at Tumaini Primary School playground in Umoja Estate in Nairobi.

Buruburu OCPD Adamson Bungei said the incident was being treated as murder and investigation have started. He said no identification documents were found at the scene and killers may have capitalised on the ongoing curfew to commit the heinous act.

Locals expressed shock following the horrific discovery and urged the police to bring the killers to book.

Bed sheets, mosquito nets and some clothes stashed in separate sacks were at the scene.

It appeared that the body was thrown over the fence as the area is well fenced and guarded. On the other end, the Amani Court of the Umoja Two estate is guarded round the clock.

Locals said this is the third mystery death in a month.

Tenants in the nearby plot, just metres away from the fence of the school said they have not heard any suspicious movements in the recent past and were only alarmed by the smell from the school prompting them to notify police officers on patrol. The body was later moved to City Mortuary.

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Alex Ndiritu: ‘I had no ill motives on White House post’

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When 27-year-old Alex Ndiritu (pictured) replied to an online broadcast by CNN about the protests in the United States of America, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, he didn’t expect it would attract the attention of the whole world. The protests from the angry Americans were about the death of an African-American, George Floyd, who is believed to have been murdered by the American police in Minneapolis, USA.

It’s for this reason that the young Ndiritu decided to express his discomfort through an online platform, Twitter. “Burn White House now…we are not turning back…” read his tweet.

But Ndiritu says that he had no ill motives when he was tweeting, and that he was only raising alert to demonstrators that a time has come for all human races to be treated with some dignity.

“It was out of anger, and just the way they took my tweet serious, it’s the same way I expected the American government to respond to George’s murder” he said.

Alex Ndiritu still believes that demonstrations are the only way the governments of today can understand. He says that he is a Pan Africanist, and he will keep fighting for the rights of the black people, and trusts that this could be the end of racism in the world.

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“When you see people reacting this way, it’s about justice, and it means they are tired of what is happening. So this could probably mark the end of racism in the world” he added. Since Alex tweeted on Thursday, he has received a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. Some have encouraged him to keep on the fight while others have been criticizing him for inciting demonstrators in the USA. Some have even asked him to pull down the post but he is adamant that there is no reason for that.

“I cannot withdraw what I posted because it’s already viral. And even if I withdraw, it will not bring George back to life, what we need right now is to look for a solution to end racism not pressuring me to withdraw my post” he said.

He has also been receiving phone calls and text messages from strange numbers.

This has made him worried about his safety, and has since stopped receiving friend requests on Facebook, but he still hopes that everything is okay.

Moments after Alex tweeted, demonstrators headed to the White house with unknown intentions, something that triggered the US government to deploy police to protect the White house against the protesters. Alex Ndiritu, the man who trended at number one in Kenya for the better part of Saturday, hails from Tetu Sub County in Nyeri County.

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He says that he is inspired by other pan Africanists like the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Bobi Wine in Uganda and Julius Amalema of South Africa.

Tetu is the same sub county that produced the Kenya’s freedom fighter, Dedan Kimathi and the Nobel prize winner Wangari Mathai.

The determined Alex told The Standard that he is an author having written pathways to Success, a book he says he wrote immediately after his High school education. He is also involved in some community projects like making of interlocking bricks back in the village.

However, he noted that Kenya also needs revolution, saying that there are things that happen in this country that should not be happening. “We are going to address some of the issues happening in Kenya in a better way until we get a solution, we want people to understand the importance of humanity” he said.

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Foreign students rethink US business schools

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This summer, dozens of incoming students at New York’s Columbia Business School had planned to sail around the coast of Croatia for a week to get to know each other.

Instead, they are chatting online and playing icebreaker games on Zoom. With the coronavirus still spreading, social gatherings like the sailing trip organised by students are on hold, and there is a good chance that when school starts in September, many classes and events will be held online.

Columbia and other elite US business schools like Harvard Business School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania have said they will likely move to a “hybrid” model of virtual and in-person learning. It is a far cry from the typical MBA experience which features close contact with fellow students, in-person networking events, trips overseas and lunch sessions with CEOs.

The changes have some students reconsidering the value of a degree that can cost upwards of $100,000 (Sh10 million) a year in tuition, housing and other fees.

International students, who make up roughly 35 per cent of the student body at most elite US business schools, are particularly unsure about the decision.

“The virtual environment might take away a chunk of the MBA experience,” said a 27-year-old student from China who was admitted to Wharton and is considering whether to defer for a year.

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“That’s what a lot of people including myself are thinking through now,” said the student, who declined to be identified because of concerns about his visa status and employment prospects

. Education upended

The United States has been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 1.7 million cases and over 100,000 deaths.

Higher education has been upended with most schools sending students home in the spring and moving classes online. The US hosts over a million international students at its higher education institutions, according to the State Department data.

International candidates account for 36 per cent of people who enroll in full-time US MBA programmes, according to Graduate Management Admission Council, an association of business schools.

If institutions do not resume in-person learning, enrollment, particularly among international students, is likely to take a hit, according to a GMAC survey. Only 43 per cent of the international MBA candidates surveyed said they planned to enroll if programmes begin online. Forty-eight per cent of them indicated they would defer in that scenario.

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