In Summary
  • More investors are putting their resources in education since they are sure of getting good returns.
  • The elite schools charge as much as Sh800,000 per term.
  • Last year, the 1,700 capacity Crawford International School, which offers the Cambridge syllabus, opened in January.

The desire by Kenyans to give their children quality education is the reason behind the proliferation and expansion of elite schools in the country.

Mr Christopher Khaemba, a former Alliance High School principal and co-founder of Nova Pioneer Schools told the Nation in an interview that congestion and overstretched facilities in public schools are forcing parents to look for schools with a more conducive learning environment for their children.

He added that, as a result, more investors are putting their resources in education since they are sure of getting good returns.

MIDDLE CLASS

“The middle-class is taking their children to private schools, and that is where investors are seeing opportunities. This now calls for public-private partnership in setting up schools,” Mr Khaemba noted.

He said that, due to congestion in public schools, certain values are compromised since teachers have to deal with huge student numbers.

And to tap into the growing demand for quality education, Nova Pioneer now plans to put up at least 10 primary and secondary schools by 2022.

Mr Khaemba said that, once they complete the two Sh1.5 billion secondary schools in Eldoret, they will shift their focus the focus to Mombasa.

He said they are implementing the project jointly with the Local Authorities Pensions Trust (LAPTRUST), which have leased the land for the complex.

The institution, to admit both boys and girls, is expected to admit its first batch of students in January 2020.

RIARA SCHOOLS

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