‘Today am going to blog my heart out’…this are the words i told @martoG and @nora this morning on twitter.am not going to rant about this and that but i will talk about something real,straight up real.
My topic for today is ICT….why am i blogging about this, well a pal of mine told me something that really hit the spot.He told me doing what you like is freedom,liking what you do is happiness.There are two things i totally like,programming and getting high…well you all know about my fits of alcoholic indigence(after shedding light way too many times)…so lets talk about programming,and ICT for that matter.Don’t worry am not dishing out snippets of code(though I wish I could)
This is what i know so far,Kenya has an abundance of brilliance,be it the guy who comes up with ZAWADI 2929 promos,or one of those guys running sms campaigns….to even the most trivial of things like how during the beat(NTV ) they pit two musicians against one another,and ask you to sms the dope one,yet somehow you always loose and its evident your guy is better.Like this one time they had Jay Z and Drake…Jay lost,so i got to texting and it hit me…’jaymo hawa wasee wana do hivi deliberately ndo uskie vizii u text’… i mean that’s brilliance,stealing you mulla right under you.
But do they float ideas of that nature around in campo.Ideas that you can apply i real life to earn you chedda should you kosa a white collar job at Google…hells no,the only thing computer wise that guys leave campo having mastered is:
1.)How to download movies.I swear i have this pal(not mentioning names) who can hook you up with any series,movie,bootlegged software as soon as yesterday.Guys in campo know torrentz like their mamas name,mediafire is like breakfast,mega upload dinner.
Dont get it twisted unless you are selling the movies(piracy which will land your ass in jail) then you just bullshitting,wasting internet resources.
2.)Web proxies, ‘aiii mazee wameblock facebook’ does this sound familiar,then some guy gets an Eureka moment…’wacha nikushow’…types something on the address bar an hey presto….facebook in all its glory.That is a proxy server.In campo you can get proxy’s for facebook,twitter,youtube…anything
3.)Computer Games,jaymo dont go there….. I have to….am telling you i have another pal,played Gears Of War for 4 days straight,missed cats and nearly went blind….okay going blind is an exaggeration..but he got blood shot eyes….ata sita bonga.
4.)Software piracy aka Cracking….dude my copy of windows just expired,my office 07 just expired..no problemo,some computer guy will patch it for you,or toy with the registry and viola..full version
Those are 4 of the things any IT,CS,CT ,MAC guy can pull off without breaking off a sweat.Now once you are asked to pull off something as trivial as collating a database on a server ..?????? clueless. Then to make matters worse you chuk you phone and Google away ‘how to collate a database’
Then to make matters worse unazusha ukinyimwa job…”ati naomba serikali itafutie vijana job wenye wametoka campo”Dude like wtf….
Jaymo aint blaming the students in this faculties,am blaming the campo itself,yes jaymo is going to throw subliminal blows at Universities.Av always said my favorite campo is Strathmore…am ironically not a student there but i have to give credit where credit is due.Strath offers relevant material to your course,21st century shyt…kuja JKUAT u shangaee…u being taught FORTRAN at third year…dude you teaching me FORTRAN in 2011!!! and you expect me to be relevant in the work place???And then you shamelessly preaching in class how campo should teach you to create jobs,not look for one.
I remember the first real job i got was at 3mice interactive,the guys there were trying to be little the newbies..so this guy(obviously a bully) walked up to my workstation and was like”jamaa iwant you to implement a Twitter API for a client we are working with…here is the site and other relevant material”I remember felling sorry for this guys we were working with,fine pia mini si ati nilikuwa najua ku create API,but at least i had a rough idea..hao wengine kwanza this dude who was on 2go the whole day were clueless…do i blame them,hells no,do i blame 3mice for thinking we were up to the challenge,hell no either….do i blame the campo HELL YEAH.
If the 3mice dude had asked one of us”naskia Nikita imetokea episode 20 naeza ipata wapi kwa net?”Then hapo angekuwa amazed,not only would he have gotten episode 20,but also a trailer of episode 21 to go along with it.
Now i know may schools of thought are of the opinion that input from the student should out way content delivered..as in pia studeee ana faa kujisome.. i agree but without someone pointing the right direction what do you expect.
I have great respect for *ihub and mlab…for stratmore school expos,for guys like IddSalim. who fight for what they want(Mpesa-API)…for guys like Randel at cisco systems.This are the guys who should run mentorship programs at campo,not the guys who cant even do a remote connection to solve a simple tweak error,yet insist on teaching you Java only to abscorn the class for half the semester(Yes Mr.Felix..you suck at java,i learnt more from e books.)
With this in mind what do i have to say:change the whole system..do a bottom to top overhaul…change the course content,run expos,create Incubation labs..take JKUAT for example..create jkuatlab..a place for students to develop software,mobile apps,internet apps.Get a mentor ship program..give incentives(you will be surprised how something as little as 20k will get guys coding)Reward effort.stop rewarding guys who cram course content with first class honors,and lowers to guys who had more prowess in practical aspects of CS but never got a practical exam given to them…yet they can code even a whole operating system given the opportunity.
Get them to code in a lab with no book,or Google for help,and see how they fair,then reward accordingly.Failure to which campo will only produce guys who can crack IDM or download updates for Anti Virus Software’s
Tech companies in Kenya should stop outsourcing code to India.Companies like Google,Safaricom Equity bank are working with local guys….this will help foster growth…angalau pia sisi ma programmer tuweze kuhamia Runda 🙂 tafakari hayo….