Financing of primary school education in Kenya: a comparative study of Nairobi city and Keiyo district
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This study presents the results of a research investigating how public primary schools are financed in Nairobi and Keiyo, urban and rural areas. A sample of public primary schools in Nairobi City and Keiyo District. The research is descriptive in nature. The research design used was an intra-national survey. The research utilized three research instruments namely, questionnaires, observation checklist and interviews. The questionnaires were administered to 330 parents and 33 head teachers of the primary schools visited. All the 33 primary schools were under observation. Sixteen head teachers and two education officers were interviewed. The study discovered that among the sources of funds, parents were the greatest contributors of funds to primary schools. Much as the parents are the most important source of funds, head teachers found parents to be the most problematic. Regarding the availability of educational resources, areas, Nairobi city and Keiyo District suffered an acute shortage. The study established that resources such as workshops were lacking as a result of low participation of the community in the development of schools. Communities need to be educated on their role in the cost-sharing policy. Some of the recommendations brought forward by the research, are that schools should come up with alternative ways to generate income so as to supplement the traditional ways of depending on parents and the government.