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Wrong choice of career leads to poor output, PS Nabukwesi says

 Students joining university have been urged not to choose the courses they want to do at the higher institutions blindly.

Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi plants a tree at University of Embu. Photo/BRIAN MUSYOKA

 Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi said that choosing the courses without much attention may lead to poor output in the job market.

Nabukwesi said that the students should choose courses that they would love to practice happily after leaving the higher institutions.

The PS encouraged students to create interests with the courses they chose close to their heart because this is what will ensure they succeed in life through doing what they love.

 “The joy of doing what you love you do it for perfection and enjoyment but in Africa many people are doing jobs because they must be done that is tragedy and this comes as a result of failing to choose what to can perfect," said Nabukwesi.

He urged the students to come out from cocoon of choosing courses they do not love but instead have a culture of choosing what is tandem to their heart.

“The capacity by which students feel they can do certain course because of what they feel it can better their future is what they should go for. What you will do with your heart and natural gift is what should guide one," he added.

He noted that by wrongly choosing a career course after graduation when excitement of graduating fades away, one finds himself or herself confused because of only purposing to get a degree.

Pay up Helb loan

 With the Kenya Universities and Colleges Placement Service (KUCCPS) expected to complete placement of students by the end of June, the PS asked form four leavers who have made the cut to take advantage of the review window provided to revise their career choices.

Further the PS called all those who benefited with Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) to ensure they clear their outstanding balances so that the kitty can continue benefiting more students.

He said billions of shillings were still stuck with the defaulters stating that was a huge amount that can be used to support more needy students in colleges.

“Funding of students in need of loans is as low as 57 per cent of their need and not a 100 percent as it was at the start,” the PS noted, adding that the imbalance was occasioned by reduced exchequer allocation that was not commensurate with the rising number of needy cases.

He as well challenged institutions of higher learning to come up innovative ways to create more income to the institutions and also employ ways of cutting cost to remain afloat financially.

Nabukwesi lauded the University of Embu for utilizing their funds well and that has seen construction of 660 seat lecture theatre to complement what the government is doing as well as install solar panels in the administration block that has enabled it to save KSh. 125, 000 per month in power bills.

University of Embu is one of the best performing public universities and has scooped various awards.



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