Jalang’o’s message on A-students arouses mixed reactions

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with Jalang'o at a past event. Jalang’o’s message on A-students arouses mixed reactions

Comedian and radio presenter Jalang’o has sparked mixed reactions from Kenyans following his post on A-Students.

His message came after Citizen TV highlighted the story of Kevin Ochieng who had graduated with First Class Honors Degree in Actuarial Science in 2017, and had not yet secured a job in 2019.

In the post, the comedian said that there were many people like Kevin Ochieng, some who were even better than him, but are still jobless.

Jalang’o stated that having an A-student mentality is the problem that this country has, adding that A-students should have D-student mentality when it comes to looking for jobs.

He also noted that these D-students end up employing the A-students to run and manage their businesses.

This is even the reason for my post (A STUDENT MENTALITY) Yes you got an A' Yes you got a first class honours, as much as you deserve to get a job immediately your A does not guarantee you a job! Coming to Nairobi and thinking that there is a place for you and a job for you because you are a first class honours student is a very big lie! To survive with your A you must have a mentality of a D student! A D student believes and knows very well that there is nowhere his papers will take him, so he knows that for him to survive he must work a miracle and the miracle is working!! You will find that they actually run this town!” read part of Jalang’o’s long post.

Kenyans then expressed dissenting views on the comedian’s sentiments while others supported him.

Here are their reactions;

djsadic Take home: Have an A but hustle like a D student. No one owes you anything. Life is what you make it.

terrymuikamba Nope! The fact that we are okay with the system not rewarding excellence.. That is where the problem begins...He did his best he rightfully scored an excellent grade but we want to tell him to suffer like everyone else. Then we complain about Brain drain...instead of demanding better from our leaders..

mauricedimba Its known education dwarfs provides employment and the employees are the book smarts.

iambrammah Instead of complaining read "Why A students work for C students and B students are bureaucrats" by Robert Kiyosaki. It clearly explains everything that happens in this post.

gaudie__kerubo It's tough for all of us out here, just be both book smart and street smart. Periodt!!!

deliverymanafrica You deserve to be the CS for planning. That's great wisdom

laurindina That means people should not be educated or go to universities at all.after all why spend so much money in education that doesn't even help..I think the government should try in as much as it can to ensure that in every field of study there at least 60% of available employment for graduates..

jagembe Hapa, I agree with you! The mentality must change. Folks need to learn to be solutions providers first. There are many problems affecting Kenyans. Most are willing to pay someone to handle these problems for them. If you position yourself to be that guy, then you start making a living.

massawejapanni Well, some people are just favoured . Failed systems is what we're dealing with. It's a shame to have such a huge percentage of the youth jobless!!!

Long post

LET ME BE THE DEVIL ADVOCATE IN THIS OCHIENG STORY!! Thank God he got a job courtesy of the media..But howmany other Kevin's are out there? Howmany other people have even better performances and certificates than him? If you asked me there are many people out there looking for jobs and cant find! And there are several reasons why you there are no jobs,These old folks now telling us that we get self employed made sure that all factories and plants died! They ate and stole everything. In most cases it is never what you know its who you know , you must be connected to get a job.This is even the reason for my post ( A STUDENT MENTALITY ) Yes you got an A' Yes you got a first class honours , as much as you deserve to get a job immediately your A does not guarantee you a job! Coming to Nairobi and thinking that there is a place for you and a job for you because you are a first class honours student is a very big lie! To survive with your A you must have a mentality of a D student! A D student believes and knows very well that there is nowhere his papers will take him ,so he knows that for him to survive he must work a miracle and the miracle is working !! You will find that they actually run this town! You find that D students are employing the Engineers, actuaries to run for them their businesses , they own petrol stations, car yards, food joints, apartments, they know every corner of China, they know what is cheap , spare part shops and all, It is so sad that you could be book smart but not street smart!! and as the D students are getting their hands dirty you get an A student 10 or 20 years later of job searching still believing that only his papers will save him!! Some even turn down jobs because they do not match their school performance, I have seen people who at entry point wants to be a HOD, or even an MD!! .With all due respect to job seekers and every humility because I know how hard it can get , please be flexible! There is this CPA 4 accountant who accepted to be a waiter and now he is the accountant for the company because he was already in! Have your A but hustle like a D student! What's your take?

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