Skip to main content

The Idle Life of a Regular Kenyatta University Student.

My education life was quite an active one, till I completed the 8.4. part of 8.4.4. I went to good primary schools, with tuition in class 6-8 and boarding in class 7 & 8. My life in primary was quite full, esp with tuition in class 7 & 8.I passed KCPE and was admitted to a good National School in Nairobi. My High School life was divided into 3 months holiday and 9 months schooling per year, except for 4th form where i spend I had a 1 month holiday between January and November. I was therefore well occupied for the first 12 years of my education.

After sitting for my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(KCSE) in November 2004, I had to wait for results till March 2005. I was well above the B+ university cut off. Previously in early 2004, we had chosen universities and courses we would like to attend by filling the Joint Admissions Board forms. After the results were out in early 2005, we had to wait till August 2005 for the 2004 KCSE lot to change their university and course selection, for those who had it made it above the cut off.

From there, we had to wait till 2006 September to report to Kenyatta University(KU) for those who were admitted there through the Joint Admission Boards. The 2004 KCSE lot that reported earliest was that that reported to Jomo Kenyatta University in April 2009. Others reported as late as January 2007 to some universities.

So there you have it, I reported to campus exactly 2 years after completing my KCSE. After reporting to KU,I found that I has a 10 week semester, and was supposed to attend 2 semesters per academic year. This equates to 20 weeks per academic year. A physical year is mapped onto 1 KU academic year. The academic year consists of:
2 regular semesters(each 3 months)
1 trimester(3 months)
3 school based sessions(1 month each)
For a regular student sponsored by the government, they normally take the first option of 2 regular semesters. The trimester is not sponsored by the government, hence a regular student taking studies in this trimester would be charged as a parallel student(about 5 times what the student pays in a regular semester). A parallel student will pays much more than a government sponsored regular student, and may take the 2 regular semesters + the trimester if they are able to pay for them.

Therefore, in a 52 week year, a KU student will spend 20 weeks in school and 32 weeks on holiday. Most students take at least 4 years in study. Most students at KU take 7 units per semester. Each unit is allocated about 3 hours in a week. In a 168 hour week, the student will spend 21 hours in class, ie if a lecturer attends all his/her classes. the number of lecturers that teach for the 3 hours in a week is a story for another day.

In short, after doing my KCSE, I spend 2 years idling at home. by the time I complete my 3rd year in September, I will have spend 60 weeks in school and 96 weeks at home, and will be left with 20 more school weeks. For the 60 weeks that I was in campus, 1260 hours were spend in class, and 8820 hours divided between study(really?) and idling.

In short, for about 3000 regular 3rd year KU students, since doing their KCSE, they have spend 1260 hours attempting to go through their 8.4.4. and 26,292 on holiday or awaiting to join campus. These students are a part of the more than 17,000 students that went on riot on Sunday 29th March 2009.

In my next article, I shall look at the University structure that has resulted into an idle Kenyatta University student


Ken King'ori said…
Dude that is a real eye opener. The god! Av got to sit n rethink ma time.
Anonymous said…
Thanks a lot for a bunch of good tips. I look forward to reading more on the topic in the future. Keep up the good work! This blog is going to be great resource. Love reading it.
term paper help-Term Paper Sample

Popular posts from this blog

Dar mpaka moro (part 1)

Briefly about Dar
Dar es salaam is an expansive city on the Indian Ocean coast. The city has a peninsula (for the geographically challenged, its a piece of land that juts into the ocean) and a few large islands which are protected marine parks. The Tanzanian government and the people appear to be appreciative about Nature and protect it well. There is also the famous resort of Zanzibar which is tow hours away. In comparison, Mombasa appears restricted by the islands and the Likoni channel which have restricted northward development of the city. Dar es salaam is on the mainland, and even appears to have a larger harbor. You are likely to spot more ships near Dar es salaam, probably due to the harbor and distance from the pirate stricken shores of Somalia.

Dar es salaam, once the capital of Tanzania is quite distant from many areas in Eastern Africa. Dodoma is now the country's capital, but Dar remains the financial and social capital.

Nairobi to Dar by Road
Catching a bus from Nairob…

In a Westernised World, Covid-19 is the Perfect Pandemic

Over the last more than 100 years, the world has undergone numerous advancements. Human beings have been to space and the moon, we have powerful nuclear bombs and nuclear energy, bullet trains, planes that fly half around the world, and we can now treat and cure hundreds of diseases that tormented our ancestors. 
Yet, despite all these scientific advancements, the world is being ravaged by a pandemic. Worse, one that can be eradicated by people just staying home for 3 weeks. What went wrong?
Well, it is important to understand that the world, by nature, is destined for pandemics. 
Forests get extreme wildfires, wild animals get almost wiped out by diseases or drought, and human beings get pandemic. Drought too was once a problem, but the wonder that is the modern supply chain means shiploads of grains and all sorts of food can be easily moved from one part of the world to another. 
Pandemics, like wildfires, droughts and much more are nature’s way of introducing chaos into a system.

Dar mpaka moro (part 2)

This post has been continued from Dar mpaka moro (part 1)

Exchange Rates: 1 Tsh = 0.58 Kshs , 1 Ksh =17.2 Tshs (note to divide rather than multiply fractions/decimals)

Arusha is the capital of the East African Community, and might be referred to as Tanzania's third most significant city. Arusha also marks the end of Tanzania's dry region, quite small compared to Kenya's expansive Northern and Eastern regions.

You will also notice the presence of Traffic lights at major junctions and round abouts, a difference from Kenya's preferred police controlled junctions. However, motorists will at time jump the lights. Be warned though that Traffic Police might be present and will not hesitate to fine you. Overlapping , a common aspect of road behaviour in Kenya is taken seriously in Tanzania, it may land you a Ksh. 10,000 fine and/or a jail term.

Our bus did not stop over at Arusha, which though is quite a large town. Arusha is on the slopes of Mount Meru, one of Tanzania's m…

Beers in Kenya: A sober opinion

Note: This is a dated post and has since been mostly passed by events. SAB Miller beers including Castle and Peroni are no longer widely available in Kenya after their exist. Sirville Brewery was bought out by Brew Bistro before being permanently shut in a tax dispute. Kenya is a land of milk, honey, beaches and taxes. I have penned, or is typed, a newer post here

I have had a short beer swigging stint in my life. It has however been long enough for me to share my opinion of Kenyan beer. Interestingly, over the course of sharing such opinions with other drunkards connoisseurs,  I have found that we all have different views as to what beer is the best, which one makes you too drunk, or which one gives one free, extra hangover for every hangover you get from it.
For starters, like everyone else, I discovered that beer isn’t as sweet as it looks like in those adverts that show golden barley swaying in breezes, happy men smiling and toasting chilled, foaming glasses of beer as a deep voi…

Why Newspapers Should Shift to Digital Sales to Survive

The digital world is a very different one for newspapers, and this explains why many have shut down.

The ones that survived took some time in the wilderness before figuring it out.

Yet the ones that are transitioning seem doomed to repeat the mistakes of those who have been ahead of them.

The first problem with digital news publishing is competition. Print newspapers are near monopolies. Setting up a newsprint plant and investing in distribution vans is very costly. You therefore end up with a handful of papers or even just one for a certain geographical zone.