Career path in Agricultural
Role modelling event
Muguga wa Gatonya secondary school
28th May 2009
Agricultural science-A promising future?
Rarely seen as career of choice
Agriculture is important!
–Food insecurity crisis in Africa
Agriculture a career of Choice?
Agriculture is sustainable i.e.
–Own farming business
Important to keep an open mind and not to be
limited to thinking in the traditional sense of
Agriculture is only “farming”
What opportunities exist?
Subject choice in secondary schools
Important to choose and excel in Sciences
After form four:
Universities: offer Degrees and Diplomas
Public universities-Joint admissions board-JAB
Offer Diplomas and Certificates
Cut-off points for University is often high
“Start off in tertiary college and continue
with a Degree in the University”
Ending up jobless after training
Ending up as a “poor farmer”
Lack of money and research facilities
Lack of involvement of the government
Lack of mentorship (AWARD making efforts)
How to attract the youth
•Policies needed to make Agriculture attractive
•Agriculture to be taught from primary
•Attachment of secondary school leavers to
•Most universities teaching old things
•Government and research institutes to offer
•“Its not always about the money!”
“In a country with no food, you have chaos”