Learning institutions have been challenged to inculcate transformational attitude among their learners, with a view to nurturing positive changes in the society.
While addressing gradauands on Friday during the fifth graduation ceremony at Embu College in Embu county, Chuka University Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. Erastus Njoka said with a transformational attitude, once the learners graduate, their focus will be on bringing change to the society rather than the current selfish attitude of ‘me first.’
“True leaders focus on how to transform the society for better and do not focus selfishly on how they can benefit themselves,” Prof. Njoka observed.
The VC who was the chief guest said Kenya’s education system was very transactional, where after graduation the candidates look for employment with the first priority being how they can benefit themselves, rather than bringing change to the society.
He further challenged learning institutions to be complimenting one another, citing the example of how the Embu College and The University of Embu have entered into a memorandum of understanding aimed at fostering a partnership for furthering education, training and community service.
The Eastern Region Director of Education (RDE), Margaret Lesuuda who graced the event, challenged colleges to consider, including technical training in their courses so as to boost dwindling skilled labour in the society.
Lesuuda further noted that parents and guardians are becoming more and more hands off in the day to day learning of their children even at college level.
“Parents have relinquished their responsibility to teachers and after paying the required school fees, they never follow up the daily learning of their children,” she observed.
The RDE also warned teachers engaging in sexual relationships with students, hence ruining their lives that they will be sacked.
The Embu College is a private college which was started in 1995 and currently runs four schools namely Education, Business and Accounting, Hospitality and Social Sciences as well as ICT.
By Kimani Tirus