Mwiki Primary School
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Families ditch private schools amid economic strain

Ms Meldas Diana, a teacher at Mwiki Primary School in Nairobi, takes her Grade Five pupils through a maths lesson last month.

Photo credit: Lucy Wanjiru | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Managements of private schools who spoke to the Nation also confessed that parents owe the institutions millions of shillings and that many of them are on payment plans.
  • Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu told Nation that his ministry is aware of the transfers and the effect on infrastructure and learning quality in public schools.
  • Mr Nzioka said the shift from private to public schools is putting a strain on infrastructure, exceeding schools’ capacity due to pre-existing overpopulation.