Browsing: Education sector in East Africa

Twenty-three-year-old Margaret Wangari who hails from a small village called Gitugi in Muranga County
is in a bind.

Despite finishing her high school education from Gitugi Mixed Secondary School in 2013, Margaret cannot get her school leaving certificates or results slip.

“I still have an outstanding balance of Sh6500 ($62.58) and the school will not release those documents until I clear my balance. My younger brother also dropped out of school in form three because of lack of school fees,” said Margaret.

This is a story of the other side of the education system in Kenya, a situation the country can easily fix by sealing some loopholes that exist in Kenyan laws.

According to a report by Global Financial Integrity, revenue lost in Kenya due to trade mis-invoicing was in excess of US$907 million in 2013. This is about 8 per cent of total Kenyan government revenues, which could alone…

Twenty-three-year-old Margaret Wangari who hails from a small village called Gitugi in Muranga County is in a bind. Despite finishing her high school education from Gitugi Mixed Secondary School in 2013, Margaret cannot get her school leaving certificates or results slip.

“I still have an outstanding balance of Sh6500 ($62.58) and the school will not release those documents until I clear my balance. My younger brother also dropped out of school in form three because of lack of school fees,” said Margaret.

This is a story of the other side of the education system in Kenya, a situation the country can easily fix by sealing some loopholes that exist in Kenyan laws.

According to a report by Global Financial Integrity, revenue lost in Kenya due to trade mis-invoicing was in excess of US$907 million in 2013. This is about 8 per cent of total Kenyan government revenues, which could alone …

African universities are behind the curve. Of the 500 leading global universities, only two – both in South Africa – make the list.

What is the issue? The Ugandan intellectual, Mamdhani, argues that African universities, established at independence have become symbolic and emblematic must-haves much like a flag. Others argue that a social reproduction function limits access to higher education so elites beget elites who with good tertiary and professional education, many accessing universities in developed countries, maintain power dynamics and status quo in societies.

The debate of what a university is and what is its function is very old. Indeed, universities are one of the oldest institutions of human civilisations tracing their history back to ancient kingdoms including in Africa. The famous al-Azhar University in Egypt and as-Sadiqiyya in Tunisia are over 1,000 years old. They like the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England, Sorbonne in France, and …