Education in Kenya

The government of Kenya recognizes education as the primary means of sustainable economic development, social mobility, national cohesion, and social development. This has led to the implementation of programs that rapidly expanded the education sector.

Challenges and gaps in the education sector include lack of comprehensive strategies for teacher development and provision of holistic early childhood care and education. Ineffective and uncoordinated monitoring and evaluation of education outcomes and programs has exacerbated weaknesses.

Blogs and news

GPE Partners
March 04, 2019
From Burkina Faso to Tajikistan, from Niger to Uganda, partners from ministries of education, grant agents, coordinating agencies and civil society give their views on the value that GPE brings to...
Teachers post exam results, Kenya. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
January 28, 2019
An audit of the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination showed great improvement in 4,000 schools that have registered low performance scores for years. These institutions are part of...
Students solving a task. Pong Tamale Experimental Primary School, Ghana. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer
January 24, 2019
On the first International Day of Education, let’s review the key role that education plays in promoting peace, development and growth, and examine the elements that make up a great education.

Latest grant

Development objective: Improve early grade mathematics competency and to strengthen management systems at school and national levels
Allocation:US$88,400,000
Years:2015-2019
Grant agent:IBRD
Disbursements:US$62,642,880

The second GPE-funded program in Kenya is supporting the provision of basic education and improvements in the quality of education.

The four components of the grant are:

  1. Improve early grade mathematics competencies through supporting the scaling up of piloted methodology, increasing teacher competencies, providing adequate classroom instruction materials, and enhancing teacher pedagogical supervision.
  2. Support strengthening of school management and accountability through a pilot involving school analysis, appraisal of teacher competencies, capacity building for school improvement planning and school audits, and monitoring results.

Grants

All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2015-2019 88,400,000 62,642,880 IBRD Progress report
2005-2008 121,000,000 121,000,000 IBRD  
Sector plan development 2013 250,000 248,350 IBRD  
Program development 2014 293,488 291,074 IBRD  
  TOTAL 209,943,488 184,182,304    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Kenya. For detailed results from GPE funding, please look for progress reports in the grants section.

Access

Primary completion rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)

Public expenditure on education as a share of public expenditure (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated September 26, 2018