Mandatory NYS Training for Students Before Joining University
Mandatory NYS Training for Students Before Joining University. If President William Ruto’s administration implements the recommendations of the Presidential Working Party on Educational Reforms, the government may soon reinstate mandatory community service training similar to the 1980s’ National Youth Service (NYS) program.
The idea was made by a team led by Prof. Raphael Munavu in a paper published on Tuesday, August 1. All seniors (secondary school graduates) would be obliged to undergo a three-month community service training program.
To access the job market after graduating from college, all Kenyans will have to go through the same nine-month training program.
As a result, it is critical to reinstate community service learning programs for students after they graduate in order to maintain peaceful cohabitation and instill patriotism, a knowledge of diverse cultures, and a work ethic in our youngsters.
Community service training will be essential for entering higher education and the labor market.
“A certificate of compliance to community service to be issued as proof before admission into the world of work,” the committee suggested in part of its findings.
The group was formed to develop a strategy for Kenya’s educational system, including the controversial Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
The report’s recommendation emphasizes community service as a means of preparing students for future responsibilities in both their personal life and the profession.
According to the study, “community service learning” encourages students to develop a feeling of civic responsibility in order to support and strengthen their communities.
Even though the study does not define when community learning will begin if implemented, the Ministry of Education is in responsibility of developing a policy.
The report proposed that the Ministry of Education (“MoE”) “develop and operationalise a policy for mandatory Community Service Learning Programmes for all students upon completion of Senior School, TVET, and University education.”
The programs will be administered in two halves to encourage cross-cultural engagement and national cohesiveness, with the first three months taking place after senior high school in one’s native county and the second three months taking place following TVET/university studies in a different county.