Nation Wins Praise for Its Education Budget in Kenya

Published on Monday 6th December 2010

Kenya has been cited as one of the best spenders in education in Africa, signalling its commitment to international development goals.

An international education conference in Tunis, Tunisia, heard at the weekend that Kenya commits 7 per cent of its total income to education annually, surpassing the continental average of 5 per cent.

Giving a keynote address at the conference organised by the Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), Mr Mammadou Ndoye, an education expert, said allocating high budgets demonstrated strong political will to support education.

"Those who earmarked up to 7 per cent like Kenya were shining as they matched internationally recommended figures," Mr Ndoye said.

Tunisia, Mauritius and Ghana also have large education budgets. Kenya devotes 30 per cent of its recurrent expenses to education, making it the highest beneficiary of resources.

The figure this year is Sh180 billion, with basic education taking Sh150 billion and Sh30 billion for higher education.

As a result, school enrolment has increased by more than 20 per cent in the past five years, putting the country on good stead to realise education for all goals.



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