Sunday, March 22, 2009


DALC loves to thump its chest and proclaim to all that it offers the best education because it is practical. This practical nature is as a result of DALC's ingenious examination policy where students go to the field, identify problems and create solutions. This sounds good when you read it on a prospectus or watch Oborah on TV but those who have been in DALC know that it is a total waste of time.
The only practical thing about DALC EDUCATION is the manner in which they bank your hard earned money and print you useless certificates. For example how practical are DALC's  IT, hospitality, tourism, pre engineering, medical courses? DALC hospitality students complete the entire course in a classroom and the institution has no hospitality establishment where they take the practical bit of their course. One of the reasons why UTALII students are internationally recognised is the high standard and their practical ability. The hospitality sector is one that requires strong hands-on ability.
A DALC student will receive a diplomas (printed by Oborah) in hospitality management after spending their entire course writing case studies. The lecturer Mr. Okwany will teach things like customer care, Food and Beverage management without having the students go to a hotel. How practical is that?
The same case applies for students of tourism management where the entire course will be done at the Westlands campus and students at the end will be bragging how practical DALC's system is. Tell me, how do you teach tour guiding in a class? There are many more cases that raise eyebrows such as premedicals and preengineering. These are courses that would require specialised labs that are lacking at DALC.
DALC EDUCATION continues to propagate the PRACTICAL EDUCATION illusion by teaching such courses as Robotics Technology. This is a very very specialised course that is offered by few universities in the world at the Masters level. According to research...
Graduates of a degree program in Robotics Technologies are prepared to use their skills to program, assemble, troubleshoot, coordinate or design robots for use in industrial and light manufacturing. Possible job titles in this field include robot technician, computer controlled machine programmer.
Basically, these people should be able to take a robot apart, fix it and have it working in an hour.
How is DALC teaching such a specialised course? Of course they have practical education where a student of Robotics will go and write case studies which will be marked by a tutor who has never studied Robotics. So is that practical education to you? 
On the minimum, DALC should have a LAB where robots are assembled and programmed to teach such a course. They don't, students will get a Post Graduate Diploma in Robotics Technology from case studies they write. Everybody knows how easy it is to write a case study these days. You can google anything!!! 
Oborah can continue lying to Kenyans about his practical education system but only a fool would consider a graduate who has studied a hands on course such as Hospitality, Tourism, Systems Architecture entirely in class with case studies being the closest they come to PRACTICE.
Thank God DALC is not training doctors! Imagine a doctor who has spent all his time writing case studies.


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