Some of the prep schools do Common Entrance at 13+ (The Banda, Kenton, Peponi House and Pembroke)- and the ones that do expect all children to take it- most of them do British primary SAT’s, and the secondary schools sit IGCSE (apparently harder than GCSE, its British equivalent), as well as AS and A2. Thus it’s pretty unlikely you won’t find a school to suit your kids whether you want old-fashioned British, or the alternative Rudolph Steiner type of education (the Waldorf School in Karen offers this). What Kenya is Really Like The images above are a view of the syline of Nairobi from a hill overlooking Uhuru(Freedom) Park and three images of typical modern buildings in the heart of the city. The CMS missionaries interacted with locals in the coastal town of Mombasa and set up one of the earliest mission schools in the country at Rabai in 1846. Overall, it doesn't seem to be a problem. At specialist music, dance or performing arts schools, the arts aren't optional extras. – just like you do in any country. Other forms of post-secondary schools are vocatio… Check out these coding schools… Jason said: Awesome picture! Well…you kind of get used to it, especially if you’re in a boarding school, like me. bob said: i hope people learned alot about kenya. That having been said, I haven’t come across any expatriates who send their children to Kenyan schools. There are only 5 other universities in Kenya. Almost half of these are in what are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. Judith said: thanks very informative and interesting! The 8 years of Kenyan primary school education are free, but not compulsory. Nairobi traffic tends to be a nightmare, even during non-rush hour, although local radio stations are great at keeping you warned and updated. Anonymous said: omg they finish school at 5.30, allie said: how old do they half to be to start school in kenya, chynia again said: I go to school in virgina and we have 8 periods a day. 7:30 – 5:30 thats crazy! All pupils come to class in the school’s official uniform. Kenyan students study ten different subject areas. Our site uses cookies to keep track of how often you visit our site, previous purchases and to deliver content specific to your interests. Bachelor’s degree programs usually consist of major and minor subjects. Kenya is home to the Safari, thus when you think of going to the wild animals haven, think Kenya. Students arrive at the school and begin quietly studying. The Kenyan climate and environment is favourable for educational field trips and a variety of sports and interests. Education. !tata, dimesticated cow said: that is pretty cooool, john said: funtastic i love it to very helpful, chloe said: this is really good site xxxxx, anonymous canadian moose said: thanks for sharing the info. Students arrive at the school and begin quietly studying. Parade – announcements for the day. Most of these schools follow the English National Curriculum - including the Braeburn schools, Hillcrest, Brookhouse, both Peponi schools, St Andrew’s, Greensteds, (all preparatory and secondary); and The Banda, Kenton, and Pembroke (preparatory only). If you choose not to receive cookies, you may still use most of the features of our website. The student body at these would be local and any expat kids might feel out of place. Kenyan students begin their school year in January and is broken up into three trimesters. The United Orphanage and Academy is no different. Though only a very small percentage of students go on to post-secondary education in Kenya, there are still several schools available. Entrance into secondary school is contingent upon obtaining the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education by passing a national exam. Students are not required to attend school nor is education free as it is in the United States. Students progress to the academic secondary cycle, technical schools or trade schools from the basic cycle. Our feeling is that some of the least qualified are often the best (maybe they try harder!) The up-country schools are closer to outdoor education venues and further from matches – and city evils - although generally speaking schools in Kenya do not have the disciplinary problems we hear about in Europe and America, and most pupils are friendly, polite and keen to learn, one Nairobi school principal assured me. Most schools further tend to complete their holistic picture by encouraging the arts. After all, who is paying the fees and whose child is it anyway? The first term starts in January, which means the school year is nearing an end at the time this post was published. They also say they make closer friendships in the boarding environment. Anonymous said: i feel sorry for kenyan kids, olivia said: i loved it so much it helped me for school a lot to and my school day is not that long, I cant believe I said: They have school years that long and 10 hr. A high percentage of expat teachers can be an advantage too, as they bring in new ideas, although the down-side is that there can be quite a high turnover of staff in these schools. Some schools try to maintain a healthy racial balance, other are less successful: parents might feel the need to have a look at the cultural/racial mix to scout for kids from similar backgrounds if that’s considered important. Students in Kenya are returning for their third trimester. Kenya’s national education system is structured on an 8-4-4 model with eight years of basic education, four years of secondary education and a four-year undergraduate curriculum. Kindergarten starts at 3 years, primary school at 6 years and high school at 14 years. If you wish to contact one of our GSGI listed schools to discover their current status or any plans for alternate learning strategies, please go to our database to find email and phone numbers for each school The schools have to recruit what they can, including local expat wives occasionally, and a few local teachers usually, too, who are usually, but not always good. But I wouldn’t mind trading places with a kid from the US…but it’ll take a little convincing to make the latter agree…. As a result, nearly three million more students were enrolled in primary school in 2012 than in 2003 and the number of schools has grown by 7,000. Joana said: Wow, and kids here in the US conplain about how much time we have in school and we learn to much. Corona Virus They had dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 and then were to study in one of the classrooms from roughly 7 pm to 9 pm. Educational insight in your inbox. our school is only 6 hour but we have 2 hour in total with all of our resses and evry thing!!!!!!!!! The local language is Kiswahili – all schools offer it as an option (and it can be taken up to A level). Pupils advance annually from one standard to the next. Mamamia said: Good. Kenyan private schools generally maintain a healthy balance between academics and extra-curricular activities: Most schools participate in East African Model United Nations (the UN Headquarters for Africa is in Nairobi) and the Presidents Award - the Kenyan equivalent to the Duke of Edinburgh Award. the kenyan schools are poor Tourism is the biggest income earner for Kenya. Fees vary – people without company-paid education complain they’re high – people say it can cost more than South African school fees and airfares combined – but there are the cheaper options too, including schools subsidised by certain religious communities. ☑ Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools An exceptional and rounded… In 2003, the government of Kenya instituted a free primary education for all program, and then did the same for secondary education in 2008. Whether your child is better suited to a boarding regime, or to a larger or smaller school, or he/she excels particularly in sport, academics or the arts; whether you are looking for financial assistance, (scholarships/bursaries) or a school with strong discipline - or one that leaves the discipline up to you - it would be surprising if newcomers to Kenya couldn’t find something to suit them. Our SEN consultancy team advises on both special schools, and the mainstream schools with good SEN support, from reception through to the specialist colleges for 19+. jillian said: wow 10 and a half ours at school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Word of warning: not all selective grammar schools have…, ☑ 30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory 23. A typical Kenyan student’s school day would go something like this….