Nairobi, Nov. 24 -- Only 10 per cent of adolescents in Kenya have high proficiency in critical 21-century life skills and values, according to research findings released yesterday.

The skills include problem-solving, collaboration, self-awareness, and respect, with literacy and digital literacy as additional areas.

According to the study by the Regional Education Learning Initiative (Reli) which covered 20 of the country's 47 countries, most adolescents are not able to come up with multiple solutions when presented with simple problems that have a bearing on their lives.

"When presented with a problem, the majority were rushing to the solution and not the process of arriving at a solution. They're not seeking the source of the problem ...