Making High School Education Affordable (Work in progress)

Every year about 850,000 primary school students sit for final examination marking the end of primary school education. The exam determines the placement in high schools.  Only about 400,000 students get placed in high schools. This is because of lack of high facilities to accommodate student. Out of the 400,000 students some of them from poor families do not get to attend schools that they qualify for because of lack of school fees. In Kenya students pay school fees and government offers a subsidy of $130 per year for each student the rest of the cost is the responsibility of the student.  if Kenya is to compete in information driven job market then all 850,000 students who graduate from primary schools should be admitted to secondary school. So how does Kenya achieve this?

According to education experts the biggest challenge is lack of enough classrooms to accommodate the 450,000 remaining students. If we use 35 students per classroom as the standard the current need for high schools is 10,000 additional classrooms. If we take this further and say that every school should have two streams of each class in high school then we need an additional 6,428 schools. The simple way to achieve this is build high school adjacent to current primary schools this will help to ensure that the capacity of the high school will be determined by the number of students in each primary school. The government should offer money to build the school if we estimate that each class would cost about 3,ooo,000 so about shs 19.3 billion will need to be allocated to build high schools.  You may ask where will this money come from one way would be create a special tax (school local tax) to be paid by each home to go toward building the high schools.  the same tax should levied every year to fund school fees.  This will spread the burden of education to tax payers because we know the best way to expand the tax base is by having an educated population.

So when will parents pay for education you may ask? they will pay for education after the high school this will allow parents to put their resources towards educating their children beyond high school and so the number of students in universities would increase and the number of skilled workers would increase. If this is done kenya will move towards creatingquality human capital and reducing youth unemployment


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