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Education reforms can’t ignore events in rapidly changing world - 6 days ago, 00:41

Benjamin Sogomo

In January 1972, the University of Nairobi hosted Prof Clark Kerr, then-chairman of Carnegie Council on Higher Education, professor emeritus of economics and industrial relations and president emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley.

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In his lecture, “Education and National Development: Reflections from an American Perspective in a Period of Global Reassessment”, he identified education as one of the sources of possible salvation from which many men may choose to solve their challenges. The others are self-determination, new technology and various forms of socialism and communism.

“Regardless of the means of salvation, men have often expected too much and realised too little. The gap between aspiration and attainment has often been substantial, sometimes almost infinite,” Prof Kerr observed.

He then posed: “Is education another god that has failed?”

The gist of his lecture was that education has recurrently let down one generation after another, from country to country, for ...
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