Education is a key factor to national development. In the case of Kenya, it is the Ministry of Education that is charged with the responsibility of providing high quality education in the country at the lowest affordable cost and accessible to all. The majority of literate Kenyans go through two basic levels of education i.e. primary and secondary schools and very few make progress to university and other tertiary institutions. It is still not affordable for over 40 percent of Kenyans. Most of the rural primary schools are for poor children and no matter how hard the children work in school, it is not guaranteed that they will join the secondary level and that’s when we come in to make sure that they get all that is required to join Secondary schools and also see them through the four years and through university. Launched in 1985, the current education system uses a structure similar to the U.S. education system. Designed to provide eight years of primary education, four years of secondary education and four years of University. Emphasis was placed on Mathematics, English and vocational subjects. Vocational education was aimed at preparing students who would not continue on with secondary education.
EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
With the three levels of education, our Scholarship Program ensures that a family’s material circumstances do not limit a student’s ability to excel in school and all the under privileged children get a chance to go to the next level of education. All our scholarships are full awards. Families only share responsibility of providing personal items if they can. The Scholarship Program offers more than just school fees. It fully invests in student development, providing mentorships, counseling, tutoring, career panels, study skills and community service.
Before joining primary school, children aged between three and six are required to attend pre-primary for one or two years. The main objective is to cater to the total development of a child, including the physical, spiritual, social and mental growth, brought about through formal and informal interaction with the parents and the community. Areas of concentration have been health, nutrition, care and basic education.
Primary school is the first phase of the 8-4-4 education system and serves students between the ages of six and fourteen. The main purpose of primary education is to prepare students to participate in the social, political and economic well being of the country and prepare them to be global citizens. Primary education is universal and free but not compulsory. A major goal of primary school education is to develop self-expression, self-discipline and self-reliance, while at the same time providing a rounded education experience. The primary school years are split into what they call Standard One through to Standard Eight. At the end of Standard Eight the students sit the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), the results of which are used to determine placement at secondary school. Candidates are examined in five subjects: Kiswahili, English, Science and Agriculture, Mathematics and Social Studies.
Secondary education begins around the age of fourteen and lasts for four years. However due to delay primary school entry and limited educational schools and facilities, many students (especially those from rural areas) experience late admission into the secondary education system. Secondary schools in Kenya are aimed at meeting the needs of students who end their education after secondary school and also those who proceed onto tertiary education. Due to the large increase in primary school enrolment (since it became free) the number of students seeking secondary education has grown significantly.
There are about ten public Universities and more than twenty seventeen private Universities with an enrolment of about 60,000 students. In addition to adding technical courses at primary and secondary school level, vocational education has been a focus of the education system. The Ministry of Higher Education has developed a national strategy for technical and vocational education and training aimed at the rehabilitation of physical facilities and equipment and ensuring that vocational and technical institutions are appropriately equipped.