In 2020, 63% of the students participating in Kiwimbi’s Prep for Success program passed the national KCPE exam, compared with 19% nationally and about 3% in similar rural areas! This is an increase from 38% in 2019 for the students who receive support from Kiwimbi’s program.
The impact is critical, because the exam determines the quality of the school in which a student will be able to enroll now that the Kenyan government has mandated secondary school for all students.
There are four levels of secondary schools in Kenya. Those who pass with high marks are offered spots in high quality national schools while those who achieve a low score will be left with no options but to attend a low-quality local (sub-county) high school where there might nothing more in term of supplies than a chalkboard and chalk in a classroom of over 100 students. Many of the children in these sub-county schools complete their education without learning the basics of reading or math and remain illiterate. These students are forever hampered in any attempts to build a livelihood for themselves and their families beyond subsistence farming.