Meet Kondele Man Herding Cattle With First Class Masters Rejected By Employers For Being Over Qualified
Go to school and get good grades, we are often told. Education is the key out of poverty- they say.
But what if good grades and education become your waterloo…An anathema of sorts.
When 37-year-old Isaac Hague Oritcho graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Nairobi in 2007, he thought the clouds that had engulfed his sun would precipitate marking the beginning of good fortune for him and his family.
Sadly, his impressive qualifications could not secure him a job. So he aimed higher and registered for postgraduate in Applied Human Nutrition.
13 years down the line, his dreams remain in the pipe, with no sign of a tangible job to clinch on.
“I didn’t know that my hard work would one day betray me. I remember back in High School and University I would sacrifice my sleep to trans-night almost daily hoping my future would be bright. Unfortunately, right now I am surrounded by disappointments, ” he told K24 Digital
He has submitted 1000 applications to all relevant sectors like health, Non-Governmental Organisations, food and beverage factories, universities but none has yielded a positive response.
“In the unlimited applications I have made ever since I graduated I have been turned down mostly for over qualifications or lack of job which to me is very strange. “he said.
In 2017 he applied as a part-time lecturer at Masinde Muliro University where he was only allowed to lecture for one semester a pay which up-to-date he has never been made to him.
“I tried doing follow-ups but every time I am told to wait until I am like giving up. Someone was telling me to get a lawyer to help me out but I don’t have money to pay him/her. I find it odd. I don’t know if I am being punished for being a genius… Indeed the world can sometimes be unfair, ” he said.
Worse off, it is always difficult for him to believe that today’s top-cream in academia in Kenya have limited opportunities to engage talents through direct employment.
He sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education at Kondele Primary School and attained 486 marks out of 700 which later earned him admission at Kisumu Boys High School now Kisumu School Where he sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and scored a B+ in 2001.
Being a hardworking, brilliant, focused, and ambitious fellow, his achievement earned him a slot in the University of Nairobi.
He now herds cattle as he helps his retired parents back in the Migosi Village area within Kisumu County since he graduated more than a decade ago.
On many occasions, he admits he has contemplated suicide saying the rejection he has been through has affected him greatly.
“Sometimes I think death is the only solution for me, especially that I don’t see a chance of living. Not once, not twice have I thought of taking rat rat to take away my life because after death there is no suffering. I have suffered a lot, “he said.
Oritcho questioned the CS for Education Prof. Magoha why he rewarded him with a certificate of merit which has since betrayed him everywhere he went in search of a job.
Courtesy of k24 TV