Since the closure of schools due to the covid-19 pandemic, students have been home and expectant that the curve will flatten and resume their studies. However, due to the rising number of covid-19 cases, their expectations have been hindered and to them resuming in September seems a dream.
Education cabinet secretary, Prof George Magoha, on Thursday 30th July , announced the shift in reopening of universities in January 2021 unlike the expected September.This gave a blow to many students especially , the final years. This directive doesn’t go well for most of them even though online learning and graduation is promised.
Sharon Jeptoo, a fourth year student at Masinde Muliro University expresses her dissapointment since her expectations have been cut short.She was in wait for her industrial attachment as she finalizes for her last exam.’ I think if there was a way all universities could ensure that the measures directed by the government are met then we the finalists would be back to our various institutions and have face to face sessions’, she says. However , She expresses that with the situation and the constant rise in covid-19 cases, she has to comply and cope with the situation.
Similarly, The Technical University of Mombasa , Student leader, Harry Sululu , urges his fellow comrades to cope with the situation and stay home until the stipulated time. Sululu who is the president to be, as per the majority voices , has been the academic secretary in the institution under the running government. Through a Whatsapp message on July 30 , advices the rest of the students to adhere to the government’s directive and keep each other in prayers.
The move by the government, stirred mixed reactions among many college students. Most conquering with the initiative while others in dilemma.
Yvonne Cherotich , seconds that the move taken by the government was right since health comes before anything else. However , she cries of the lost time that will never be recovered.
When similar route was taken way back on the secondary and primary levels of learning, most of the students seem to have forgotten all about learning.Opening their books has proved an hard task as majority are now working for payments and chores at home. ‘ Tunasaka chapaa’ as most of them say.
Godwin Ruto, a form four student at Kapungut boys secondary, explains that the time is still ripe for him to study. He States that looking for money for upkeep is his major concern at the time.’ I will study seriously for the exam come December so that I won’t forget ‘, he explains.Online learning isn’t even a concern to him.
Many candidates , the likes of Ruto are waiting for the right time to study. For them studying and preparing earlier for the exam seems unbearable.Even the online learning sessions are left only for the chosen few has the majority states.
Education in the country , is now a major concern as students turn into hustling, gambling and all other kind of odd jobs in a bid to get money . Others skip classes conducted online for reasons deemed reasonable to them and learning has proved an optional process to many.