Education Abroad: Kenya's Curious Bottleneck

Kenya, Africa's newest nation, has a primary school system that enrolls a generous 80% of eligible-age children, a secondary school bottleneck that drastically cuts down advancement, and a post-secondary system that further constricts the flow so that the country's ultramodern, $11 million Royal College is left scandalously underpopulated.

Primary schools, half of them still run by Christian missionaries, now enroll 1,000,000 children, but secondary schools have fewer than 25,000 students and are falling back compared with needs. In 1962 the secondary schools could take only an eighth of all primary graduates; by 1966 they will be able to take only a...

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