State of Education

Kenya has made significant progress in education over the past decade. The Kenyan Government introduced Free Primary Education in 2003 and Free Day Secondary Education in 2008. As a result of these measures, the government pays a tuition for every Kenyan child enrolled in primary or secondary education. However, extra costs, especially at the secondary level are still more than many families can afford, and some students are more likely to be left out than others.
 World Bank study has established that, on the whole, One more year of secondary school beyond the mean boosts a person’s eventual wage rate on average by 15 percent to 25 percent, again with a generally higher increase for girls than for boys. Increasing the number of women with education boosts per capita income growth, as does moving toward parity in the number of years of education for girls and boys (2006).
Latest: As per the Press Statement release by Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred O. Matiang’I on release of KCSE results 2015, Gender parity stands at 53.41%- 46.59% of males to females high school graduates. However, 8 counties had more females than males in the region and there has been a definitive increase of female to male candidates over the last four years.

Growth through Learning Activities

In 2011, Growth Through Learning began a partnership with Caroline Lentupuru in Rift Valley, Kenya. As a local community leader and frequent NGO consultant on issues relating to tribal minorities and women’s empowerment, Caroline was perfectly situated to help us establish connections to the girls and young women in this region. They are among the most vulnerable of Kenya’s population: poverty, cultural barriers, religious and tribal customs, prejudice and geographically remote homes all contribute to the low rates of school enrollment for these girls. Largely through Caroline’s efforts, we identified and supported 12 students from minority tribes during the 2012 school year and have adjusted our program to address the extra transportation costs and supports that these students need to be successful.
Sega Girls Assembly_2017


School Entrance Age:
Primary School- Age 6 Duration and Official Ages for School Cycle: Primary; 8 years- Ages 6-13 
Secondary: 4 years Ages 14-17 
Academic Year; Start: January End: December


Out of a total of 10.3 Million pupils; primary and secondary, 69% are observed to be in primary school and this level of education is acquired by most of the national population. However 18% of secondary age children are in secondary school; 23% of females are not in secondary school compared to 13% males. The biggest disparity is the gender difference.In Kenya, one in every ten girls often miss four days of school a month due to lack of access to feminine hygiene products. Menstruation products such as tampons and pads are not only easily available but where they are available, they are too expensive for women and girls or families who are already making sacrifices to send their girls to school (UNICEF, 2005).
Mogotio Girls_GTL 2017 Trip



For more information on our Kenya programs, please contact us. For reports on education in Kenya, go to the Kenya page at the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMECQ) website.

Central Region

Nyanza/Western Kenya

Rift Valley