National Youth Service officers during a pass out parade. Senators want the return of the mandatory National Youth Service training for Form Four graduates. Photo/WILLIAM OERI |FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP
Jubilee promised the youth high-tech jobs mostly in the IT industry instead of the youths being given manual jobs ala Raila’s ‘kazi kwa vijana’.
Now they have realised just how difficult it is to create those high-tech jobs for the youth and what do they plan to do? They plan to force all Form Four leavers both pre-university and non-pre-university to attend a mandatory NYS training. Whereas the non-pre-university students will be trained to acquire very basic artisan skills (meant for manual labour), the pre-university students will simply be kept busy at the NYS training camp before proceeding for further education to reduce, inter alia, moral decadence/indiscipline amongst the youth.
Moi tried this route during my time where I was forced to attend a completely useless para-military training with most of the time spent on doing manual work on the maize plantations belonging to Moi’s cronies! We were never imparted with any useful job skills apart from the morning and afternoon para-military drills!
One of the reasons Moi had to stop the pre-university NYS ‘training’ was because it proved very expensive to feed all those students and it also generated a lot of resentment from the students against the programme culminating into frequent riots/indiscipline at the universities.
If Jubilee has got no idea on how to take the country to the next level economically and also solve the myriad problems facing the country, the best they should do is to handover the government to those who are capable of running it. They should stop playing ‘Kalongolongo’ (little boy and little girl acting father and mother respectively in a children’s play simulating the governance of the affairs of a household by adults in real life and which mirrors the governance of country affairs by politicians e.g. by Uhuruto) in matters national government.
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Senate pushes for return of NYS training
Senators want the return of the mandatory National Youth Service training for Form Four graduates.
On Thursday, the lawmakers argued that school-leavers needed to be equipped with further training and also kept busy at the National Youth Service before proceeding for further education.
But the House asked the government to first ensure the NYS centres had improved services and were modernised.
Nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi (APK), in supporting the motion, called for establishment of NYS outlets in all counties to enable the youth who had completed secondary education to acquire necessary skills.
Ms Elachi, the Majority Whip, argued that unemployment was a major cause of insecurity and moral decadence, and that mostly affected the youth, yet they remained the backbone of the economy.
“Many of them have become disillusioned and hopeless. Helping them get jobs would contribute towards attainment of economic and social rights,” Ms Elachi said.
The Senator proposed in the motion addressed to the department of Devolution and Planning that the NYS takes in youth who have completed secondary school and who may wish to enrol for courses offered there.
Further, Senator Elachi suggested that graduates from the service be given first priority whenever the government was recruiting in areas where they are qualified to serve.
The debate continues.