We have only limited information at this time on school uniforms in Kenya. A HBC reader writes, "While watching BBC-TV yesterday, I saw a program on the Starehe Boys School in Kenya. Since there's nothing about Kenya on HBC, I thought I'd sent this along. The Starehe Boys School in Nairobi is Kenya's most prestigious private boys secondary school, with an enrollment of 1,100 boys up to age 19. Over 15,000 applications for admission are received each year. Many boys from poorer families are able to attend on scholarships. All boys wear the school uniform of salmon color shirt, school tie and navy blue blazer, medium blue short pants, and grey kneesocks with striped tops. On warmer days, the boys doff their blazers and attend class in hortsleeves. The only exception made to the school uniform is for the "prefects", a few upperclassmen selected as student leaders, who are permitted to wear adult-style suits with long trousers." The children shown here are from the Pembroke House School in Kenya which celebrated its centenary in 2003.
HBC at this time has virtually no information on state schools. We have noticed reports in recent years that many parents are too poor to send their children to school. Government funding has been inadequate. Kenya is not the poorest of African states, but there is still considerble poverty in the country. Government funding has been so low that some state schools have had to charge fees. The Government has inoated programs to increase school attendance. We do not yet hsave information on uniform policy, but we believe that many state schools do have uniforms. Many children are unable to afford these uniforms. The country also has several private schools, many of wgich were fonded by the British when Kenya was still a British colony.
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