No shortcuts to holistic growth — invest in education

Sister Anne Josephine Apiyo and students of Asumbi girls High school in Homabay county celebrate in their school on March 3, 2015 immediately after the release of the 2014 KCSE results. PHOTO | FILE |

What you need to know:

  • It turns out that by far the most significant factor in shaping attitudes towards democracy is education.
  • The problems really start as students get older, and come to a head at secondary school level.
  • Kenya has made great strides recently when it comes to expanding primary school education. In time, this will generate a more literature population, and one in which the inequality between men and women will be reduced.

Regular readers may remember a piece I wrote about the Kenyan middle class a few months ago. I was motivated to write it by the fact that according to the African Development Bank, in 2011 the Kenyan middle class stood at 6.48 million (16.8 per cent) — the fourth largest in sub-Saharan Africa.

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