KENYA.Nakuru: Bernice Kimani is a law student who is currently an intern in a human rights organization in Nakuru. Her experience in the 8-4-4 system was more examination and result oriented rather than practical skills.
Hence, she decided to learn from the field in order to balance up what she learnt from the classrooms.
The average university requires a 70% English Home Language or English First Additional Language, and 50% for Mathematics (pure math or math literacy).
Many universities require a 65% average over all subjects while High school good performance is of the essence to join the Kenya School of Law according to career portal research.
Rise in Unemployment
The evaluation report conducted by the Kenya Institute of Education in 2008 pointed out that secondary school graduates didn’t have adequate entrepreneurial skills needed for self-reliance.
High unemployment arises from this phenomenon while there is the risk of social vices emerging among those youngsters who aren’t prepared for the world of work.
Bridging the gap
However, with Kimani, being in the field after schooling has opened her to a new world in the legal profession.
After engaging in her daily tasks which includes understanding the dynamics of the organization and how civil societies work, Kimani is confident of how to progress in her legal profession.
‘’At the moment, I am learning how the organization operates. Things are a bit easier, maybe going forward I may experience difficulties here and there but I am equal to the task.’’
Kimani has had opportunities to represent the organization’s legal department in various forums. One of her major tasks has been to give legal advice, case follow-ups that require court representation and creating awareness on legal matters.
Although she cannot represent a client in court, Kimani has the required information in guiding the organization’s clients wherever they need a legal expert’s opinion.
‘’At the moment I cannot stand before the court, first I have to go to the Kenya School of Law for one and half years for me to be admitted to the bar as an advocate of the high court of Kenya.’’
To continuing law students, Kimani is challenging them to uphold a human (respect and ready to reason together) approach when handling cases with law enforcers and the general public.