Policy debate on 5 Socio-Economic Issues in Kenya: Elections 2017

One of the key drivers of economic growth is a strong education and effective provision of inclusive education is key in developing a just, secure and inclusive society. Governments should recognize factors that breed exclusion in access to education at all levels right form early childhood to higher institutions of learning. Government should invest in educational innovations to improve the quality of the education of primary schools. They should construct more schools and also put in place safeguards to address why adolescents are dropping out of school. Given the need for more infrastructure development, increased investments in TVET will assist the country to employ a skilled workforce to build and maintain new infrastructure projects. While the government is investing in universities, efforts must focus on expanding access and improving the quality of education to meet the needs of today’s workforce. Effort should go into preparing Kenya youth for jobs in the highly globalized economy. Deliberate efforts must be taken to correct a serious mismatch between skills of graduates and the demands of local and global workforce. This calls for concerted efforts to correct mismatch between skills of graduates and the demands of a workforce. Further development of the education system in Kenya requires a major investment in all the critical areas including school access, retention and completion, and education quality. Given the extremely high public spending on the education sector, improvement of efficiency is key for the overall sector strategy.