SECTOR : Education

Ministry of Education

  • The Ministry of Education seeks to mobilize resources for sustainable and efficient delivery of relevant educational research, technological and other educational services. 
  • It ensures co-ordination of the provision of education and training for efficient delivery of services between government, donors, NGOs and communities. 
  • The overall sector objectives are to ensure equitable access, attendance, retention, attainment and achievement in education, science, research and technology by ensuring affordability of services.

Situational Analysis:

  • Kenyan students typically wait for two years after graduating from high school before joining Universities. Recently however, the Government, through the Joint Admission Board, reduced this to one year.
  • This increased university student enrolements - Government official statistics indicate that student enrolment in local public universities stood at 157,916 in the year 2011/12, a 62.6% increase from 97,107 in 2007/08
  • Accommodation is only provided to a small population of regular students who constitutes about 50% of University student’s enrollment.

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  • This increase put pressure on university facilities and the government pledged to finance construction of the required lecture theatres to address the increased intake. However, provision of student hostels remain the responsibility of the Universities.
  • Introduced in 2002, free primary education resulted in the tripling of students in primary schools. This category is expected to put additional pressure on university enrolment and accomodation facilities when they graduate from high school in 2105.
  • Establishment of private hostels off-campus was initially perceived as a solution but real estate developers have taken advantage of the high demand by charging high rental fees.
  • To address this challenge, universities are seeking private investment to reduce student accomodation shortage and eliminate the exploitation of students.

PPP Projects in the Education Sector

  • Kenyatta University (KU) with the assistance of International Finance Corporation (IFC) has developed a PPP project to bring in private sector to provide accomodation within the University land for 6,000 students. This is the first PPP transaction under the new PPP Act.
  • This PPP project is structured such that the private party will design, build and operate the hostels for a minimum period of 25 years.
  • This KU model will be scaled up and replicated to other public Universities.
  • The Universities are also exploring the participation of the private sector in provision of physical facilities such as lecture halls, incubation centres, laboratories, etc.