Kahatia Secondary School is a mixed, day and boarding school in Murang’a County that was started in 1973. With a student population of 540 and a mean score of 5.5 in the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination, the future can only get brighter for the school.
And to prepare its students for the brighter future, the school on June 3, 2016 organised a career forum and invited the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service. The Placement Service Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John Muraguri, was the key note speaker at the event that was also attended by representatives of some universities and colleges.
Mr. Muraguri encouraged the students to explore emerging career areas such as ICT, media and entertainment, besides the traditional fields. He noted that these industries are rapidly growing and increasingly becoming lucrative.
The CEO also sensitised the students on the alternative route to higher education and career advancement – technical and vocational education and training. “Those who do not get a chance in universities with C- and above can join diploma colleges and pursue good technical courses,” he said. He noted that despite the government offering thousands of sponsorships for technical courses annually, the uptake is low and some chances remain unfilled.
He also highlighted the subject requirements for placement into various degree and diploma programmes and explained how the students can determine the courses they qualify for using the Placement Service’s online application system.
The Principal, Mr. James G. Kamau, commended the Placement Service for its efforts to provide career guidance and counseling to secondary school students.