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Title:An assessment of trends in public financing of education in Kenya
Author:Gravenir, F.Q.
Periodical:Kenya Journal of Education
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:educational financing
Expenditures, Public
Abstract:This paper assesses the trend in government financing of education in Kenya from three angles. Firstly, it measures the proportion of the recurrent and development budget allocated to education from independence in 1963 to the contemporary period. Secondly, it compares the trend in public expenditure on education with the trend in enrolments. And thirdly, using the constant prices method, it estimates the purchasing capability of absolute amounts allocated to education. The analysis of the various data collected indicates a general trend of increasing allocation to education, especially from the recurrent budget, as well as a gradual but noticeable effort to improve the quantity of physical structures and facilities, and the quality of education. However, while in absolute terms allocation to education from the recurrent and development budgets has increased 56 and 71 times respectively between 1963-1964 and 1987-1988, when the growth of allocations is measured in constant prices, allocation to education is shown to have increased only 12 and 15 times respectively. Nonetheless, total allocation to education measured in constant prices is growing at double the pace at which total enrolment is growing. Bibliogr.