Education in Kenya

Education has expanded rapidly in Kenya since 1963 when the country gained independence.

The Government has introduced an ‘8-4-4’ system, meaning eight years of primary education, followed by four years of secondary education and an additional four years to obtain a degree.

Whilst tuition fees for primary and secondary schools have been waived, there are many other costs such as text books, stationery and uniforms, which place primary and secondary education beyond the reach of many families. As a result, there is a high drop-out rate with only 1% of those who start primary education making it through to University.

The Starehe difference

Starehe is unique in offering places free of charge – but that isn’t all that sets it apart.

As former Boys’ Centre Director Professor Mugambi explains, many Kenyan secondary schools are ‘marred by unending pupil riots, some very violent, to the extent of buildings being burnt down’; something he attributes not to the character of Kenyan youngsters, but to ‘bad management of the schools.’

By contrast, all Starehe students live in dormitories in the care of full-time house parents. They are encouraged to see their school as home - and to treat each other with respect as ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’, regardless of perceived barriers of culture, tribal background and faith.

Picture of Biology Class In Kenya, one third of all  trainee Doctors in public Universities are former Stareheans

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