Should President William Ruto’s administration implement the Presidential Working Party on Educational Reforms recommendations, the government may once again adopt mandatory community service training similar to the National Youth Service (NYS) program of the 1980s.
On Tuesday, August 1, a panel led by Professor Raphael Munavu released a report proposing that all secondary school students spend three months in mandatory community service training.
As a result, every college graduate in Kenya will have to spend another nine months in Training before entering the job market.
“It is, therefore, needful to re-introduce the Community Service Learning programs for students upon graduation, to promote peaceful co-existence and cultivate a sense of patriotism, appreciation of diverse cultures and work ethics in our youth,” the report read in part.
The programs will be split into two parts: the first three months will take place after senior school (Secondary ) in one’s home County, while the remainder of the period will be spent in a different County, all to foster greater intercultural understanding and strengthen national unity.
The Training will be an essential prerequisite for enrolling in university and the workforce.
“A certificate of compliance to the community service to be issued as proof before admission into the world of work,” read the report in part,” the committee recommended.
The team was tasked with formulating a strategy for Kenya’s education system, which includes the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) that has experienced difficulties with its implementation.
The Ministry of Education has been tasked with formulating a strategy, even though the study does not specify when community learning will begin if it is implemented.