In 1985, the 8-4-4 system of education was introduced in Kenyan school, which basically means: 8 years of primary education, 4 years of secondary school and 4 years of university education. Kenya's education system
has certainly developed and strengthened and the country has worked hard to create a great number of public and private universities; as well as middle-level colleges. Efforts have paid off, as 85% percent of all
children in Kenya attend primary school! Of the children that complete primary school, 75% complete proceed to secondary school; and 60% get to attend higher institutions of education. Another recent change that
has been made in favour of education is turning making public schools free and compulsory.
Nevertheless, literacy levels in Kenya are low. And, generally, girls tend to perform better in reading English and Kiswahili (Swahili), while boys tend to perform better in math. And 5% of all children are not
enrolled in school, and this is particularly bad in rural regions. Schools also struggle to offer quality in education. As a consequence, many children are older than expected for their class level. This is
mainly so, because schools don't receive governmental support on a regular basis, and schools are severly understaffed.
One of the biggest problematic in Kenya's school system is that children are not allowed to repeat year. And, even if they fail their examinations, they pass on to the next year. This means that a lot of children,
the ones who fail their examinations, are not receiving the quality in education that they should have and it is eventually harder for them to keep up with the rest of their class.