A video circulated online showing a graduate from Mount Kenya University (MKU) burning his academic certificates has triggered diverse reactions among Kenyans.
According to reports, the middle aged man resorted to this drastic action out of frustration due to his inability to secure employment.
The documents that went up in flames included his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), and other related papers.
The viral video drew criticism from some Kenyans who viewed the act as an irrational response to real-life challenges faced by the younger generation.
They argued that it was premature to expect immediate employment given the difficult economic circumstances and high unemployment rate, considering that he had graduated from MKU in July 2022 after completing high school in 2017 with a Grade B.
Additionally, questions were raised about the graduate’s lack of experience, as employers typically demand evidence of years of work, acquired skills, and recommendations as part of the qualifications.
Some individuals blamed the government for creating an unfavorable environment for educated graduates, leading to their disillusionment and depression.
In 2021, William Ruto, then Deputy President and now President, pledged to create over four million jobs for the youth if elected.
One of the strategies proposed by the Ruto administration was to empower the ICT sector as a means to generate employment opportunities.
Ruto emphasized the need for a well-coordinated and credible plan to drive economic growth and job creation for the youth.
According to the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the unemployment rate in Kenya decreased to 4.9 percent between October and December 2022, marking a 0.7 percentage point decline from the same period in 2021 when it stood at 5.6 percent.