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World Bank Attributes Poor Education To High Unemployment In Kenya

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world bankThe World Bank recently conducted a survey to establish the root cause of the high levels of unemployment within Sub-Saharan Africa.

While conducting their survey they were quick to highlight the correlation between university education and labour market needs as the reason behind unemployment.

“TVET and higher education often have poor links to labour demand, lack diverse pathways that can allow students to build skills cumulatively, and have financing and accountability mechanisms that are not tied to results,” the bank said in its Pulse report released Wednesday.

According to the findings in the survey they concluded that the a good majority of graduates lacked the necessary skills to perform jobs in the economy.

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They also carried out a test among several graduates to test their productivity and ability to be employed, however, many failed.

“In Kenya, less than one per cent of tertiary-educated adults who completed the reading skills test achieved levels 4 or 5 in proficiency (for example, synthesizing or integrating information from multiple texts),” the study said.

“More than a quarter were at level 1 or below, meaning that they cannot enter personal information into a document or identify a single piece of information from a simple text, even when it appears identically in the text.”

Companies in Kenya have also had a part to play as several believe that most graduates do not posses the necessary skills and experience required to work.

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Written by Kahawa Tungu


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