Kenyans, until we replace our competition mindset with a community one, we won't get what the problem is with our education system. Education is not a race. It's a community activity. It's about ALL OF US. So it doesn't matter if NUKE is the only or the most elite university.
Education and information are the social equivalent of the air that we breathe. It helps us relate to one another and make decisions. It is not supposed to be a gift that you fight over in exams so that you can get a sweet from Mr Tajiri. Education is organic and your birthright.
The problem with the system now is that it makes education scarce, makes others fight through exams for a few spaces, and then gives power to those few who to make decisions on behalf of all of us. This isn't about being intelligent or not. It's about democracy.
Those powerful few then become supremacists who think they are intellectually superior to other Kenyans and have the right to make decisions for us. Professors agree to be part of such discrimination because they are arrogant enough to feel special.
The reason why we must refuse NUKE is because it is going to create a class of dictators. It's not because your kids might not get a place.
The idea of NUKE is the same one Jomo and the colonial government had: that universities are for training an elite to rule on behalf of the Queen and her Ichaweri chief. Jomo was so chauvinistic that he thought UoN was for Kikuyus only.
So if you think that there will be this hot exam that your kid will pass and join that thing, you're delusional. There is already an elite class which married multiple wives and got thousands of children. They will give themselves places in that university and will rule.
Even if your kid is given a token place in that university, they will just be flower girls. Real decision making positions will go to royalty. And if you're reading this, that doesn't include you.

Wake up and smell the coffee.
The era of a poor boy from the village becoming president has ended. NUKE is there to ensure it doesn't come back, so that the elites protect their kids. Stop thinking you can do for your kids what they do for theirs. They have power. You dont. That's why we must not accept NUKE.
University was the last level where ranking was not official like high schools. Tekayo wants to introduce it now, so that NUKE becomes the Alliance people salivate over but very few will ever enter.

We must destroy ALL these inequalities with education, not increase them.
If you still don't care and want your kid to enter a school for the rich, you might as well save for rehab as well. Your kid will need it to fill the void that elite education creates in people's souls. And you will need it to protect you from your kid.
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If you think you can make fun of Jayden's chemical habits but that you can take your kid on the same elite path and your kid comes out sober, you're delusional.

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I watch this documentary by @AfUncensored and I'm so frustrated. Because I know this: there is no language in Kenya for us to see this as a violation of human dignity.
I have occupied the fields of education and Christianity for all my life. I know that people who pass through those institutions are taught to be inhuman. Despite all the language of religion and knowledge, to be educated and to be a Christian is to be anti-human.
Which academic, which clergy, will speak up for the downtrodden in Kenya? None. The students will never talk about them in class, the congregation will never hear about them on Sundays. When Magoha says nonsense about the poor, students write theses to justify his ideas.
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This is a very good point. The people whining about Kenyan education not being like in Scandanavia are the same ones spilling vitriol about women.

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Women in Kenya are fighting for environment, health, education, energy justice, against extra-judicial killings, constitutionalism. We're not asking for a woman to go to State House to get a handshake gender deal and a secret report for a referendum. We are saying #TekelezaKATIBA
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@KRACare is taxing Kenyan ones.

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The US also wants to import the mess of its healthcare by making its drugs as expensive and protected like they are in the US.

Mark you, US pharma runs a racket in the US. When their patents are about to expire, they repackage the drugs so that they can remain expensive.
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In post-graduate work, there is a demand for theory that sounds more bureaucratic than anything else. It is like we are explicitly required to say "I'm using this theory..." before any of our thinking is worth consideration. And that theory is invariably western.
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