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Secondary Education and Schools in Kenya



Secondary school education in Kenya caters for teenagers in the 14-17 age  group. Students sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) after four years. This prepares them for university,  middle level trades,professions, vocational and technical training.

Between 2003—2013, secondary education expanded initially as a result of the demand created by introduction of the free education primary education. However, access to secondary education continued to expand rapidly because of implementation of free tuition secondary education that was introduced by the Government in 2008.

The introduction of the initiative was expected to improve access to secondary education whose demand had increased as a result of the free primary education initiative. Secondary school enrolment rose from 862,907 students in 2003 to 1.4 million in 2008. Thereafter the figure rose to 1.8 million in 2011 and 1.9 million in 2012.

But despite the increased enrolment, retention seemed to have been a major drawback.

The overall retention rate for secondary school level declined from 96.2 per cent in 2011 to 92.4 per cent in 2012. The decline in retention rate was attributed to high school fees imposed by the schools in spite of the availability of the fees guidelines for public secondary schools.

Amid efforts to improve the quality of secondary education, the Government upgraded about a 100 secondary schools to national school status. The move increased the number of national schools from 18 in 2011 to 114 in 2013. Each national school was granted Kshs25 million to expand its physical facilities, especially classrooms and dormitories.

Free Tuition Secondary Programme has opened up high school education. Funding from the African Development Bank, Constituency Development Fund and local communities has increased the number of classrooms and laboratories. The outcome is more Form One places, higher transition rate from primary to secondary from 72.5 per cent in 2010 to 74.6 in 2011.

Steps have been taken to improve grades in mathematics and sciences, ensuring high pupil textbook ratio, especially in rural areas and urban slums, and providing instructional materials to needy public secondary schools. The government allows re entry of girls who drop out of school because of pregnancy and early or forced marriages.

To introduce equity in secondary schools the Government, in 2011, elevated 87 provincial schools to national schools. The aim is to have at least two national schools in each of the 47 counties.

Each school has been allocated funds to upgrade classrooms, laboratories and dormitories. The expansion Will create 6,000 places.

National Secondary Schools in Kenya

  1. 1100003 – Kenyatta High School Mwatate – Boys Boarding
  2. 1100004 – Bura Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  3. 3100001 – Mama Ngina Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  4. 4100002 – Ribe Boys High School – Boys Boarding
  5. 7200009 – Karima Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  6. 8200007 – Kagumo High School – Boys Boarding
  7. 10200008 – Muranga High School – Boys Boarding
  8. 11200001 – Alliance High School – Boys Boarding
  9. 11200002 – Alliance Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  10. 11200003 – Mangu High School – Boys Boarding
  11. 11200004 – Limuru Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  12. 11200005 – Loreto High School Limuru – Girls Boarding
  13. 11200006 – Maryhill Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  14. 12300001 – Machakos Boys High School – Boys Boarding
  15. 13300005 – Muthale Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  16. 14300006 – Moi High School Mbiruri – Boys Boarding
  17. 15300002 – Meru High School – Boys Boarding
  18. 18300003 – Makueni Boys High School – Boys Boarding
  19. 19300004 – Chogoria Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  20. 20400001 – Lenana School – Boys Boarding
  21. 20400002 – Nairobi School – Boys Boarding
  22. 20400003 – The Kenya High School – Girls Boarding
  23. 20400004 – Starehe Boys Centre – Boys Boarding
  24. 20400006 – Pangani Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  25. 20400008 – Moi Forces Academy Nairobi – Boys Boarding
  26. 20400009 – Starehe Girls Centre – Girls Boarding
  27. 23500003 – St Brigids Kiminini – Girls Boarding
  28. 24500004 – Tartar Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  29. 26500001 – Moi Girls High School Eldoret – Girls Boarding
  30. 27500002 – Nakuru High School – Boys Boarding
  31. 27500007 – Moi Forces Academy Lanet – Girls Boarding
  32. 27500008 – Utumishi Boys Academy – Boys Boarding
  33. 27500009 – Nakuru Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  34. 28500005 – Kipsigis Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  35. 29500006 – Kapsabet Boys High School – Boys Boarding
  36. 31500011 – Moi Girls Isinya – Girls Boarding
  37. 34500010 – St Patricks Iten – Boys Boarding
  38. 36600002 – Lugulu Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  39. 36600004 – Friends School Kamusinga – Boys Boarding
  40. 37600001 – Kakamega High School – Boys Boarding
  41. 38600003 – Bunyore Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  42. 39700001 – Maseno School – Boys Boarding
  43. 40700002 – Kisii High School – Boys Boarding
  44. 40700003 – Nyabururu Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  45. 41700004 – Asumbi Girls High School – Girls Boarding
  46. 42700005 – Maranda High School – Boys Boarding
  47. 44700006 – Kanga High School – Boys Boarding
  48. 45800001 – Garissa High School – Boys Boarding

Original List of National Schools in Kenya

  1. Nairobi school
  2. Lenana School
  3. Kenya High School
  4. Starehe Boys Centre and School
  5. Moi Forces Academy
  6. Mangu High School
  7. Alliance Boys High School
  8. Alliance Girls High School
  9. Loreto High School
  10. Limuru Girls High School
  11. Mary Hills Girls High School
  12. Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School
  13. Maseno School
  14. Moi High School Kabarak
  15. Moi Girls High School Eldoret
  16. Nakuru High School
  17. Garbatulla High School

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