Kenya – College graduates who throw stones for food because they can’t find work

Although the sun was shining, a group of workers on the stone pelted the stones with a hammer.

The tremors and thunderstorms roared in the hot, crowded climate of Tendweit Village, Capsosso sub-district in the eastern province of Boomet.

But despite the scorching heat, the 11 workers on the stone continue to scrape in shock, to supply the stone to individuals and companies in the construction business.

Tractors and trucks arrive at gravel to unload and unload.

The work in the quarry is not for the faint hearted. Energy-saving and tedious work often attracts uneducated youth in the village.

University graduate

However, one of the quarry workers is a university graduate, and all four have a college diploma in various fields. They could not find regular employment.

Amos Kimutai, 26, holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum chemistry from Kisii University. He is from the village of Chapelut, Longsa Ward. He decided that he could not apply for a job and that he would earn some money and try everything to keep him.

“I have repeatedly applied for jobs in the oil sector, the police and the Kenya Defense Forces. But I failed.

“When I graduated, I was looking forward to working for the National Petroleum Corporation, a Kenya Pipeline Company, or an Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

Turned around

During his four years at college, he sought employment with the National Police and the Army, hoping to ease the burden on his family to pay for college.

He had hoped to be drafted into the National Police Service or the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) but on both occasions returned sadly.

After I got a job, I used my salary to enroll in the university to complete my studies, but I failed both attempts. After graduation, I tried in vain to become a cadre. Mr. Kimuta, who has stopped trying, is now working on a stone to keep his young family safe.

As a mill worker, he earned an average of 100,000 dollars a day. This is what supports him and his wife.

“It takes a day to crush a ton of ballast that sells for 300,000 shillings.

Sometimes they do not get their customers to buy the ballast for up to a week. When that happens, the workers leave the stone payer and go out to market the bales in local malls, private homes and educational institutions.

Loading

“A person can only increase his income if he does not have a customer who accidentally buys the goods. Depending on the number of tons purchased, one can make an additional $ 200 by loading and unloading trucks. ”

In addition to the hazards of work, workers do not have medical insurance, and they have to walk at least seven miles[10 km]from village to gravel after work. .

Mr. Peter Kipingetich Langat holds a Diploma in Health Records from Manza Kenya Medical Training College. He graduated last year.

“I have applied for jobs in public and private institutions, but no feedback has been received. I could only enter voluntarily, but I was told by the Boomet County government that it would come without pay. Mr. Langat, a 24-year-old resident of Chapelwa village.

Sadly, one father could not keep his job, even after training with the government to help the unemployed. He has worked in the quarry for the past one year.

John Corryer, another coal worker, holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Eldoret Polytechnic. A.D. Graduated in 2013. He has worked at the station for the past three years.

Mr. Korir, 31, is married and lives with three children. The owner is a gardener at the Kembu Shopping Center.

Mr. Dankun Korir holds a Certificate in Electrical Engineering and a Diploma from the Sot Technical Institute in the Boom East constituency. He worked there for a year.

Open opportunity only

“I decided to continue my parenting career because I was the only one who had the opportunity,” said Mr. Corir, a 25-year-old resident of Ka Roussou village in Kambu district.

The youths said that they were often ridiculed by the villagers, who said that if all they showed was a small income from the coal business, their education would be neglected.

The youths appealed to the government to create jobs in rural areas and create favorable conditions for industries.

Their situation is a reflection of thousands of other young people, and the education system is a reflection of a country where graduates are more focused on formal rather than informal.