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The Edge: Inside Kenya's brain power, August 31, 2012

The Edge: Inside Kenya's brain power, August 31, 2012  Nation Media Group



Posted  Thursday, August 30  2012 at  17:50

In Summary

  • The country’s strength has and continues to be in the skills of its people in the various spheres of life and in economic pursuits.
  • This edition of the Edge has tried to dissect and map out the origins and the makings of this resilient human resource base that has and continues to be the mainstay of the country’s slow and turbulent advancement. (Download here)

OCHIENG’ RAPURO

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Education tops list of what makes Kenya’s rich human skills base tick

Experts say a competitive curriculum has produced people who excel in top universities such as Harvard and MIT, and easily fit in the job market.

Getting the basics right: The link between upbringing and school performance

Studies show that a child’s skills set reflect their nutrition and health status as well as psycho-social development resulting from interaction within a number of environments, including the family, community of friends and neighbours.

Foreign curriculum equips learners with global skills

For well-heeled locals and expatriate families living in Kenya, international schools are the perfect institutions to prepare children or dependants for survival in the competitive global economy.

Tracking the MBA craze: Is the paper worth the effort?

When it comes to popularity of university courses, very few can measure up to the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree programme.

Technology sharpens the edge for Kenyan schools

From a distance, it looks like an ordinary class with the teacher projecting his voice to stress a point. A closer look, though, reveals something else. The seated students also have laptops and they are working on them, following the teacher’s instructions.

Parallel courses make their mark on the pool of graduates

When the government opened a new line of admission to public universities 10 years ago, it was driven by the modest ambition of allowing the institutions to earn extra revenue and reduce their dependence on annual handouts from the Treasury. The impact of this policy shift has, however, been felt far and wide. The so-called parallel degree programmes have expanded opportunities for thousands of high school leavers, who would ordinarily be locked out, to access university education and quickly build the country’s human resource skills base.

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