1.1 Goals of the study
1. To determine the challenges the pupils go through to study and complete in a Kenyan school.
2. To check on in ways to improve the learning environment of our Kenyan pupils.
3. To determine the relationship between the academic results and the challenges faced during the study.
4. To appreciate the mode of educational system being used in Kenya.
5. To determine the standards of our schools today.
6. To take statistics of the number of children being educated today, whether they are more of girls.
7. To understand the reasons to the increase in number of school dropouts today.
8. To understand the importance of education in our day to day lives.
9. To understand and appreciate the roles of a student in Kenya today.
10. To emphasize on the importance of educating each and every child in this country.
My understanding on Kenya education system.
The Kenyan education system is a 8 4 4 system type of curriculum where a pupil is required to study for 8years in primary school then 4 years in secondary school, and 4years in university thereafter they are assumed qualified, not forgetting the 2-3years in alimentary school.
The primary section comprises of standard 1 to standard 8 which comprises of the public and private section where in public section it’s fully funded by the government by and it’s free and compulsory whereas in private section it’s self sponsored.
In varsity those students who have qualified are covered by the government, they get subsidised education in regular programs under Joint Admission Board (JAB). Parallel programs are usually also self- sponsored in universities.
What Is it like to study in Kenya/Live as a student
As a student in Kenya, it’s lucky for one to have undergone his /her studies especially in Kenya despite the challenges faced each day and each morning.
There are challenges to study in Kenya. Although the life of a student comprises all round environments where you get to interact with other students from different backgrounds, being it they are rich or poor.
Going to class where there is no teacher at all or you assign one student to lead the class in studies. At times you don’t have classes and one is forced to study under a tree or under rooms with no roof tops not even trying to imagine how it would be when it begins to rain where students are advocated to go home.
At times you have to wake up very early in the morning with no shoes, no school bus and you have to get to school in time. Walking through the early cold mornings where you are expected to get to class before 7am in the morning.
These challenges tend to affect those children from poor and humble backgrounds, keeping in mind that most children in Kenya tend to come from poor and humble grounds.
Not forgetting our country Kenya, tends to be based on different communities where there are cultures and customs to be followed. In some community’s gender is usually observed keenly where some tend to favour the boy child more than the girl child, reason being the girl child is to remain behind at home and carry out chores and also are married off at tender ages.
Differences between Kenyan educational system and Netherlands system
1. The Kenyan education system is an 8.4.4.curriculum whereas in Netherlands type of education, it is usually based on elementary school, high school and tertiary school.
2. The Kenya educational system, students are usually absorbed according to their academic qualifications /performances whereas in Netherlands the students are admitted according to their age group.
3. In Kenya there is no age limit for study in Kenyan schools while in Netherlands, compulsory education ends at 18years old of age.
4. In Kenya, the pupils are limited to an 8.4.4 system of curriculum whereas in Netherlands the education system gives room for students to develop their creativity and applying their newly applied knowledge not only on the education basis.
5. In Kenya, for a pupil’s opinion to be listened to, it would take a long period of time to convince a teacher whereas in Netherlands, a pupil is given a chance to express his or her feelings or opinions.1
Why I chose the course ;Nursing equips someone with required knowledge and attitude that is required to fit into a society fully.
It’s a calling to help those who are suffering.
At times I used to check on the job security of this nursing course.
Okay I also chose this course out of the love I have for medicine.
My dream is also to change the mentality that people have over nursing,'that nurses are usually inhuman by the kind of care they show to the patient 'No! No! Nursing is not all that you hear, it’s the act of providing a condusive environment for healing to take place.
Okey, I also chose this course out of the will to advance to a higher level by specializing it .It is my dream to help the patient who is at high risk complications.
I believe that one day; I will be able to pursue my dreams to be an oncology nurse or a renal nurse. And out of that, I believe that dreams are valid only hard work and determination is needed.
What I would like to be in future in my career; I would like to become an oncology or a renal nurse. I really have the heart of helping patients with this kind of life threatening conditions.
I currently study a diploma in community health nursing in Kenya medical training college (KMTC) Mombasa campus.
With a population of a 950 students undertaking different courses,
- Health records,
- Clinical medicine,
- Occupational therapists,
- Medical imaging sciences.
The school not usually well equipped with lectures given that, With an average of 5 lectures per course who are permanently employment by the institution not forgetting external lectures who are employed to teach us.
My school website page is Www.kmtc.co.ke
The lecture classes are close together, at times they don't offer serene environment for learning, due to the closeness of the lecture classes.
The school offers computer laboratory which is mainly based on health records students, a library where we have little amount of textbooks of which we cannot borrow a book more than two days.
Our school holidays are scheduled for August and December in a month and two weeks respectively.
I like to empower the people in my community about healthy leaving and keeping bodies fit by advocating for physical exercise to prevent some long term illnesses that come about their daily lifestyle.
I also assist my parents to carry-out some chores. When am at holiday. Not forgetting being a youth, I involve myself in charitable activities e.g. helping the orphans and the needy.
Study and Classes
I have daily lectures during the week, with a lesson lasting up to two hours, from 8am in the morning to 4pm, I get to join group discussion from 4:15pm to 6pm .This it's a routine I take up each and every day, I.e from Monday to Friday.
Classes are usually offered in different departments blocks for instance nurses have their block, clinical medicine their study block, of which they share this blocks with other courses..
English is the most commonly language used in teaching that tends to instil us with knowledge ,Kiswahili is also used for clarification and create a well understanding of what is being taught, though it is not commonly used a such .
I tend to like subjects basing on my understanding. Key I also tend to dislike a subject the moment one has to struggle so much to understand, despite all that one has to get a positive attitude towards it and work hard for a better understanding. Hats now, to where group discussions come about.
On the number of lecturers I have got, is a bit challenging since most of my lecturers are usually externals they are usually paid to teach us for a period of time and then live.
In each and every academic year, we tend to perform our practicals at coast provincial general hospital (C.P.G.H) This is where we tend to get our medical experiences.
Basing on the practical’s I like ,I tend to like this practical’s nevertheless what I get to see in that hospital .Therefore disliking any practical, will rather affect my understanding.
The classes are not fully equipped, one has to wake up very early to book chairs to sit on during lecture class, some have broken handles, but basing our room where we study, they are fitted with electric fans to provide a condusive environment for study. Though, this does not happen to all classes.
On a daily basis, the number of assignments are quit plenty, they maybe involving reading and making notes, most of this assignments have to be carried out in group discussions for presentations and in class.
I undertake my assignments from 7:30pm_10:30pm in the evening, I have created a group discussion at that time of the evening, where punctuality must be observed.
I normally do my homework during the evening from 8pm,at times I hold discussion group with different members who are not in my class ,I spare one hour or to after the specified time to finish whatever I postponed during the day, gives me room to complete my work fully. Total I have 3hours in full to do my homework an extra readings of my own.
We do a full unit(block)in 2-3months,in between we do an average of 13 modules, this are supplemented with CATS and main exams at the end of each block, cats are usually topped up to the final exams then an average per module is done, meaning in total, when cats included there are 26 exams in a block, whereas the whole course has 4 blocks in .At the end of each year ,we undertake a promotional exam ,this examination is done in all Kenya Medical Training College institutions in the country.
Mostly it's the per unit text books but others like the community health nursing text book has combined units, these are the books that the school offers in the library but it encourages at it encourages students to buy theirs and have copies to avoid wrangles and theft of the school properties, the books mostly are written in English, American.
The college being a parastatal advocates for a complete school uniform a sky blue dress for ladies with black shoes and White socks a dark blue ,men put on a black trousers and White shirt with black or Brown shoes with a grey socks.
The institution has set aside outlets where the uniforms can be purchased, where at a total cost is 10000while for male is around 8000 shillings, a mandatory not to have put on the school uniform during school hours, failure to which lands you in trouble with the school administration that is six months suspension of school.
Each student is required to at least have 3pairs of uniform but for now I only got 2pairs.
The college provides several outdoor and indoor games, athletics is also encouraged,
The college has no playing field thus hires from nearby high schools.
While indoor, we have
- Table tennis,
- Pool table, which are played in the school hall.
Most of this sports activities are played after classes or when it's nearing a competition, most students dedicate their time to study.
The college does offer excursions for the 1st year students, they are taken to waste disposal site, a sewage treatment plant, factories, including meat processing, and a fresh water treatment system, milk processing industry, other than that, it does not offer other tours to the senior classes.
This excursion are charged to each individual.
Extra Curricular Activities
Students with abilities are encouraged to form clubs, there is a dancing group, a
I live inside the school hostels, located opposite Coast Provincial General Hospital which are applied for, the rooms given are of two students or a total number of four, then the college has the mandatory of selection.
Those who qualify are required to pay a certain amount of money, which is subsidised for one year payment.
The school does not allow for cooking inside the school hostels, students who are accommodated are required to buy their food outside school .luckily there are kiosks which sell food at affordable prices. Where students buy their food.
In Normal days, I go to sleep at 11pm due to my discussion group meetings and wakeup at 6am, where most classes begin at 8am.
The campus has approximately 600 female students and 500 male students who are separated in different hostels. And no member of the opposite sex is allowed to be in the others.
My free weekends are usually minimal now days because some of my classes extend till Saturday afternoons. Where I opt to clean up my clothes and room. And whenever I got a free time, I involve myself in some church activities eg.choir practice or watch sport matches at Mombasa sports club.
I like to use the free time to go to the share the time with friends since they are the people I tend to be with.
Perform a community work, like help the needy to get help in their daily lifestyle for example last month we went out for a weekend mission where we visited the needy And brought them some clothing, organize my work so that the moment I get back to class, my stuffs are well organised to save time of rushing the last moment and even visit my relatives.
Currently I live in school where the rent is paid once in a year before the beginning of a new semester. That is 10000shIllings per academic year. Lunch and miscellaneous expenses excluded. This fee is paid for the lucky few students who have already cleared their school fees on time and also students of good conduct. The fee is not fixed.
On food per month is an average of shs9000 where shillings [300×30] days adding up to that total that is inclusive of breakfast lunch and supper.
I buy uniform once per year, not unless something happens. Other personal clothing are bought on personal expenses, where I sacrifice a little money for them.
The school offers a clinic where we get treatment after the payment of the clinic money. Nevertheless, not all health services are offered at the clinic .The clinic mainly attends to minor health issues like pains since it has no laboratory services or tests. Therefore, we as students opt to go outside the school for treatment.
At times I go out for swimming especially during my free weekends at an expense of around 400sh and at times we go out to sports club to watch a certain game or even practice at 100sh entry fee.
For personal excursions it’s on your personal moneys and expenses. That applies to all the unofficial travels. I save a little money for my travels.
What I would like to research for the company and my school are:
1. The reason behind increased level of poverty in my country today this is because I want to understand the economic activity people in Kenya are undertaking to sustain the lives and the lives of their families. The hardships they undergo to ensure there is food on the table each and every day.
2.Increased mortality deaths related to rising malaria epidemics in Kenya today want to make it understood how this disease called ' malaria 'is brought about that is it's pathophysiology ,it's Risk factors, clinical manifestation, Complications arising from this disease.Mangement and treatment of this disease, not forgetting control measures to this disease called malaria.
3.A research on different ethnic groups in Kenya and their culture and beliefs-I want to understand how my country Kenya is made up, I want to understand different believes and customs of each and every community in Kenya. I want to understand their daily activities.
4. A research on Increase level of technology, the advantages it has brought, the disadvantages that have come up resulting to technology.-I want to understand the advantages of Internet, disadvantages of Internet, The developments brought about by internet settings in my country.
How I will undertakemy research
- To all my Research topics I wish to use my personal experience as a student brought up in Kenya and have faced some advancing changes.
- I wish to watch and observe how things are coming about.
- On Malaria research I wish to use my own understanding given in class to partake this research.
- I will also use the Wikipedia for more information.
- Direct interaction with the target group
- Getting help from the scholars who specializes in research.
Cost of Research
1. Transport costs.
3. Mobile data for browsing.