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Education

Primary Education

In Kenya, Primary education is in essence the first phase of formal education system. It usually starts at six years of age and runs for eight years. The main purpose of primary education is to prepare children to participate fully in the social, political and economic well being of the pupils. The new primary school curriculum has therefore been designed to provide a more functional and practical education to cater for the needs of children who finish their education at the primary school level and also for those who wish to continue with secondary education.

Wie in Deutschland werden die Kinder im Alter von sechs Jahren eingeschult. Anders ist allerdings, dass die Grundschulzeit acht Jahre beträgt. Hierbei werden vor allem die sozialen, politischen und wirtschaftlichen Kenntnisse geschärft. Dies dient vorrangig dazu, den Kindern eine funktionellere Bildung zukommen zu lassen, sodass das Wissen auch denen von Nutzen ist, die nach der Grundschule bereits angehen.

Prior to independence, primary education was almost exclusively the responsibility of the communities concerned or non governmental agencies such as local church groups. Since independence the government has gradually taken over the administration of primary education from local authorities and assumed a greater share of the financial cost in line with the political commitment to provide equal educational opportunities to all through the provision of free primary education.

Während die Grundschule früher vorrangig kostenpflichtig und nur in bestimmten Kommunen zugänglich war, wird das Bildungssystem nun überregional von der Regierung gesteuert. Somit konnten die Kosten umgelagert werden, sodass jedes Kind formal die Chance erhält, kostenfrei die Grundschule zu besuchen.

Almost all primary schools in the country are now in the public sector and depend on the Government for their operational expenses. The Government provides teachers and meets their salaries. Government expenditure on school supplies and equipment are minimal as these are financed by fees levied on parents by Parent Teacher Associations. In addition responsibility for the construction and maintenance of schools and staff housing is shouldered by the parents. Indeed almost all primary schools built and equipped after independence have initially been the result of harambee or self-help efforts.

Fast alle Grundschulen des Landes sind nun öffentlich. Die Regierung stellt Lehrer und sorgt für deren Bezahlung. Andere Mittel wie Schulbücher und ähnliches Equipment werden hingegen noch durch die Parent Teacher Associations finanziert, welche ihre finanziellen Mittel durch Gebühren, die von den Eltern gezahlt werden, erhält. Das hat zur Folge, dass die Finanzierung der Instandhaltung und des Aufbaus in der Verantwortung der Eltern liegt.

There has been a remarkable expansion in primary education, both in terms of the number of schools established and in the number of children enrolled, over the past three decades. At independence, there were 6,056 primary schools with a total enrolment t of 891,600 children. At the same time, trained teachers numbered 92,000. In 1990 there were over 14,690 primary schools, with an enrolment of slightly over five million children and with nearly 200,000 trained teachers respectively.

In den letzten drei Jahrzehnten haben sich die Zahl der Grundschulen und der Kinder, die die Grundschule besuchen konnten, stark erhöht. Während es zur Zeit der Unabhängigkeit 6.056 Schulen, 92.000 Lehrer und 891.600 Schüler gab, waren es 1990 schon 14.690 Grundschulen, 200.000 Lehrer und mehr als fünf Millionen Schüler.

In addition to the expansion in the number of primary students enrolled, there has been a significant improvement in the participation of girls in education. At independence, only about a third of the enrolment in primary schools were girls. By 1990 the proportion of girls had risen to nearly 50 per cent. Educating women contributes significantly to many other desirable objectives, such as reducing the rate of population growth.

Nicht nur die Schülerzahl insgesamt ist gestiegen, auch besuchen nun mehr und mehr Mädchen die Grundschule. Zur Zeit der Unabhängigkeit waren ungefähr ein Drittel der Schüler weiblich, 1990 waren es schon 50%. Neben anderen signifikanten Auswirkungen, hatte dies auch eine verminderte Population zur Folge.

The government of Kenya recognizes that provision of universal primary education as an important milestone to economic and social development. In particular it has been established that by providing primary education to women, a society is able to hasten its development. The government, since January 2003 has managed to implement free primary school education programme that has seen a tremendous increase in the number of children attending school.

Der Ausbau der Grundschulen ist für die Regierung von hoher Bedeutung, was die Wirtschaft und die soziale Weiterentwicklung angeht. Zudem haben Untersuchungen gezeigt, dass die Ausbildung von Frauen, die Weiterentwicklung der Gesellschaft beschleunigt. Seit 2003 wird nun die Grundschul-Programm kostenlos angeboten, sodass sich die Anzahl der Kinder, die die Schule besuchen, drastisch erhöht hat.

The Government has also increased its budgetary allocation to education as well as introducing a Constituency Bursary Fund for efficient facilitation of education at the grassroots level. The implementation of the Universal Free Primary Education, as part of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), has earned Kenya the prestigious Education Award

Zudem hat die Regierung ihre finanziellen Ausgaben für die Schulausbildung erhöht und einen Constituency Bursary Fund eingerichtet, der zur Förderung der Basis-Ausblidung dient. Als Teil der MDGs (Millenium Development Goals) wurde die Umsetzung der Universial Free Primary Education mit dem Education Award ausgezeichnet.

Secondary Schools

Secondary school education usually starts at fourteen years of age and, after the introduction of the 8 4-4 system of education which replaced the 7-4-2-3 system, runs for four years. The current secondary education programme is geared towards meeting the needs of both the students that terminate their education after secondary school and those that proceed for higher education. In this context, the new secondary school curriculum lays greater emphasis on job-oriented courses, such as business and technical education. There are two categories of secondary schools in Kenya, namely public and private schools.

The public secondary schools are funded by the Government or communities and are managed through a Board of Governors and Parent Teacher Associations. The private schools, on the other hand, are established and managed by private individuals or organizations.

There has been a tremendous increase in both the number of secondary schools and in student enrolment in response to the rapidly increasing number of primary school leavers seeking entry to the secondary level. In 1963 there were only 151 secondary schools, with a total enrolment of 30,120 students. Today there are nearly 3,000 secondary schools with a total enrolment of 620,000 students. O this total, slightly over 40 per cent are girls. The rapid expansion at the secondary level has been the result of the vigorous harambee movement that has led to the establishment of numerous community secondary schools.

Post Secondary

These are institutions that are involved in training high school leavers in various vocational subjects e.g. carpentry, accounts, welding, mechanics, catering and teaching, leading to certificates or diploma awards.

University

The first step towards the introduction and development of university education in Kenya was taken in 1961 when the then Royal College, Nairobi was elevated to university college status. The College entered into a special arrangement with the University of London, which enabled it to prepare students for the degrees of the University of London. With the establishment of the University of East Africa in 1963, the Royal College became the University College, Nairobi. The other constituent colleges of the University of East Africa were Makerere in Uganda and Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. The University of East Africa continued operating until 1970 when the University College of Nairobi attained university status.

Apart from the establishment of Kenyatta College as a constituent college of the University of Nairobi in 1970, the latter remained the only university in the country until the mid-eighties. Since then there has been a tremendous expansion in universities, in response to the high demand for university education in Kenya. The country currently as five public universities, with the most recently established universities giving greater emphasis to technology and science-oriented degree programmes. In addition to the four public universities there are ten private universities in the country offering a range of degree programmes They are supervised and controlled by the Commission for Higher education.

Quelle: Seite der Kenianischen Botschaft, Berlin.