FISTICUFFS FOR DEGREES


Graduation congratulations,The graduates stand in-line while waiting for awarding degree certificate.

By: Virginia Mule

Worth Noting:

  • “I hadn’t truly appreciated those days in primary school when I could walk in and out of school. Now I find it extremely annoying being sent back home because my school ID hasn’t been updated.” – Daniel Mutwiri, an Electrical engineering student.
  • “I worked in building sites during my college days to raise my school fees. I was certain to have a great future after my graduation last year. I haven’t gotten a job yet, I resorted to selling curtains. I can’t complain so far,” Irene Kanana, a businesswoman said.

When universities and colleges are mentioned, what comes to the minds of many is total freedom and enjoyment. Yes, that’s exactly what it’s like. And I can tell you this; this journey is also very steep. There is so much work to be done before anyone prepares for this enjoyment. It’s not so simple, when you are on your own to foot all your bills.

In Kenya, several students have openly come out pleading for help through social media platforms and others using placards. Those who are lucky have met well-wishers. For one thing, they had the courage to stand out and plea for help. There are, of course, those students who work under the sun to raise school fees, while others have no choice lefter than to join desperate enterprises. This is never in their plans. They have to live it. Do not talk about HELB loans because they are mostly out of reach to many students!

This wouldn’t be complete without featuring an alarming number of less privileged students at the verge of giving up on their dreams because of soaring sums of fees arrears. Often, the diplomas and degrees feel like a distant possibility. To them, a year seems like ten. You haven’t experienced the worst pain if you’ve never stayed back in the hostels whist your colleagues are enjoying lectures simply because you have pending fees arrears.

“I hadn’t truly appreciated those days in primary school when I could walk in and out of school. Now I find it extremely annoying being sent back home because my school ID hasn’t been updated.” – Daniel Mutwiri, an Electrical engineering student.

You have attained your degree. You hit the streets filled with new energy hoping to get an employment. You pound around the pavement for a year, then years. Yes, that’s why graduates have suppressed anger and emotions. If you had stopped, that would probably be the end. But you kept pushing until you passed; now your certificates are just hungry papers. Perhaps, you shouldn’t have strained.

You will wonder why sometimes being a graduate feels like a bad luck. Unless you have a talent, or you have bribed better, then the reality dawns o you first hand.

“I worked in building sites during my college days to raise my school fees. I was certain to have a great future after my graduation last year. I haven’t gotten a job yet, I resorted to selling curtains. I can’t complain so far,” Irene Kanana, a businesswoman said.

I don’t find a problem with a student working to cover their own bills, but I wish none of these happens as a must. A student should enjoy being a student. To others, leave a lone school fees, cannot afford a meal. If at all we warm up and help such people, then humanity will be a treasurable degree bagged for life.

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