Turkana is the least educated, says report

Monday November 25 2013

Books in a library. PHOTO | FILE

Books in a library. PHOTO | FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

Turkana is the least educated county, according to a new report that has exposed great disparities in education levels in the country.

According to the latest education figures, people living in Turkana are seven times less likely to access secondary education than an average Kenyan.

More than 80 per cent of the people living in that county have never stepped in a classroom, states Pulling Apart or Pooling Together report, which adds that only three in every 100 people in Turkana have secondary education.

Nairobi, on the other hand, is the most educated county, with only 11 in every 100 people lacking any form of education and more than half of the population having secondary and post-secondary education.

The report depicts Nairobi’s education status being very different from the least educated counties.

“Individuals in Nairobi County have 15.4 times more access to secondary education or above than those living Turkana County,” says the report. “They also have 2.2 times more access to secondary education than an average Kenyan.”

Arid and semi-arid counties— Wajir, Garissa, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu and Tana River, in that order after Turkana— have the least educated people, with an average of 70 in every 100 people having no education.

Kiambu, Mombasa, Nyeri, Nyamira, Kakamega and Uasin Gishu in that order trail Nairobi in having a large population of people with tertiary education, with each county having an average of 34 in every 100 people reaching Form Four.

In constituency ranking, Embakasi in Nairobi County was rated as having the highest access to secondary education and Loima in Turkana having the least.

In Loima, only 0.8 of people have access to secondary education.