Top 7 Youth and Education Issues in Kenya

Written by Frank Kremer

These days, in a period of well-developed society, it is difficult to imagine some education issues which were supposed to die out at least a century ago. Despite this, many countries still, including Kenya, still face them. Unfortunately, Kenya faces many education problems, which strongly impact the youth.

Here is the list of 7 education and, therefore, youth issues, which should be solved by now, but which Kenya still faces:

  1. Gender inequality


Perhaps Kenya, and many other African countries, cannot develop their educational system because of their attitude to women. Despite the ancient traditions and old habits, it is the high time to make women equal to men. Nowadays, Kenya reminds the Middle Ages, where only the chosen girls could have been educated. Such Kenyan policy brings only harm to the country, due to the fact that they hide some women’s light under the bushel. No one can even imagine how many gifted experts in different fields were not revealed, so maybe it is time to look on the situation from the different angle.

  1. Poverty

In order to get something, you need to pay for it. Even though that the prices for education in Kenya are utterly low, they are not affordable for the majority of population. Surely, there is always a choice to go to a free school, but there are not many of them and all in all, some children want to get a higher education or even a degree, which is almost impossible to do in Kenya. Each year the rate of poor people increases, which means that chances to let more kids get a prestigious education are rapidly falling.

  1. Bad conditions and teaching quality

This factor is strongly connected with the previous one. Being a teacher is a very difficult job and it is logical that no one wants to do it for such a low salary which is given for it in Kenya. Such government’s attitude towards teachers usually leads to teachers’ strikes. You can find a few brilliant teachers, though, you will never find good conditions for studying, which will encourage students to visit classes, thereby, develop their educational skills. Even free schools in Kenya can’t solve the educational problem.


  1. Inadequate budgeting

Corruption is a common problem for all countries, however, somewhere it reaches the highest mark. Politicians in Kenya prefer to save money on education and don’t care about the consequences. Population of Kenya doesn’t believe anymore that education is an essential part of human’s life and sees no point in paying for it if the person won’t have a well-paid job. Such illogical dividing of financial resources seriously influences on the mindset of Kenyan people.

  1. Lack of opportunities

One of the problems which prevents youth from studying is the lack of opportunities in future. According to Tuko research, young people don’t see the result of hard work in school and prefer to stay behind. “What is the point to spend family money and personal time for it?”, they think. There are no decent examples of people who would reach the top only because of being smart and hard-working. Also, the lack of professional teachers scares students away from the homeland, making them take their chances somewhere else abroad.

  1. AIDS pandemic

The first thought is how can AIDS and education be connected? Well, it is easy. There are many people in Kenya who died because of the lack of necessary medicine. Thus, the number of orphans who cannot pay for education is growing fast. Some of them who chose the free school are considered as a potential threat to others due to the unawareness of people about AIDS.

  1. Unwilling to cooperate

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