When the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations results came out in 2011, Ernest Kipchumba Maiki attained a B plus from little-known PCEA Kuinet High School. That grade was all he wanted to secure a place at the University of Eldoret and after four years on campus, he graduated with Bachelor of Science in Statistics.
Maiki would later join the growing number of job-seekers and like any other expectant fresh graduate, he dropped his CVs here and there, including some of the biggest telecommunication companies and local supermarket chains.
Despite his enviable papers, every attempt to secure a job of his dream was not proving fruitful and with his siblings all looking at him as the sole breadwinner, he took a plunge into the world.
That plunge saw him go back to his former high school where he is currently employed as a security guard, a job that was nowhere near his dream, though he is able to take care of his ailing mother.
"Sometimes you have to try out things to see what works out. I have tried all that is within my means to secure a job. I settled on this to see where it will lead to. It reaches a point you can lose hope because life is unbearable," he said.
His former teacher, Beatrice Boiwo, still remembers how he struggled to pay school fees through menial jobs to emerge on top.
"Even when I was teaching here, he could learn during the day and work as a watchman at night. But he was doing so well. As a teacher, I feel my effort was wasted," lamented Beatrice.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kenya’s unemployment rate is 7.4%, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics’ 2015/16 Labour Force Basic Report.
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