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Title:The Decline in Primary School Enrollment in Kenya
Authors:Bedi, Arjun S.
Kimalu, Paul K.
Mandab, Damiano K.
Nafula, Nancy
Periodical:Journal of African Economies
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:educational policy
primary education
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Since independence in 1963, Kenya has invested substantial resources in the education sector. For almost twenty-five years, these investments and other government policies led to impressive gains in educational access at all levels. However, since the mid to late 1980s there appears to have been an erosion in educational participation and a reversal of the gains achieved in previous decades. Motivated by this trend, this paper uses temporal, cross-section and pseudo-panel data to assess the plausibility of various factors that may be responsible for the decline in primary school educational enrolment. In particular, it considers the role of school fees, school inputs and curriculum, school availability, the expected benefits of education and the spread of HIV/AIDS. It also tries to identify the most effective policy interventions that may be used to prevent further declines in primary school enrolment rates. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]