Growing Local Scientists in the Era of Human Capital Imports, by MELVIN D'LIMA

I meet up with an old friend who has become a brand in the teaching of Mathematics to High School students. Attend his coaching classes and you are most likely to get an A, in the final exam, in this subject, under the 8:4:4 system of education (soon to be replaced).

 

He is swamped with students from high cost private schools seeking to be tutored by him. This despite holding down a job at a leading High School. What does this say about the quality of teaching Math at Schools across the country? What is the future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in Kenya? Granted there will always be outliers who will be snapped up by M.I.T but is it time to nurture talented students in these fields, in-country?

 

More importantly how soon will this Teacher face burn-out in the lonely battle to keep our centennials mathematically literate? We have been promised a Konza City and we wait with bated breath for them to accommodate our STEM inclined students. The numerous IT hubs and business incubators should create room for nurturing STEM inclined Kenyans.

 

Left to their own devices our political class will be more than ready to import ready made solutions from China,India or Cuba and stifle local scientists in the making.The more of us who make noise about this issue the better.Just saying.

 

Dr Melvin D'lima

Business Coach, Wylde International