Education in Kenya
- The poor, and girls most of all, have far less chance of making it to school. In 2008, in Nairobi, almost all children from rich households had been to school, whether boy or girl. But 55% of poor girls living in the North-East had never been to school, with 43% of poor boys in the region in the same situation. This is, however, an improvement since 2003, when 71% of poor girls and 56% of poor boys in the North-East had never been to school.
- While the abolition of secondary school fees reduced the costs for households, indirect costs are still twelve to twenty times as much as the monthly income of parents in rural areas, leaving secondary school out of reach for the poorest households.
The long-term effect of neglecting education leaves a huge skills deficit among young people.
In addition, the expensive cost of electricity makes it impossible for children living and studying in the rural areas to get access to lighting and power that enables them to continue their studies away from schools, which are, in most rural areas, nothing more than deteriorated buildings with little to no resources.
The long-term effect of neglecting education leaves a huge skills deficit among young people. This lack of skills will affect the lives of these young people forever:
- About 50% of men and 80% of women aged 15 to 24 in the slums have no income-generating activities. Of those who are employed, about 60% of men and 40% of women are in casual employment earning only around the poverty line. Around one-third work in the formal sector, but seldom in formal, salaried jobs. Most are in casual jobs with daily or short-term engagement.