Ministry of Education Science and Technology
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology derives its mandate from the Constitution of Kenya, Chapter Four Articles 43, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, and 59 have provisions on children’s right to free and compulsory basic education, including quality services, and to access education institutions and facilities for persons with disabilities that are integrated into society, to the extent compatible with the interests of the person.
This includes the use of Sign language, Braille or other appropriate means of communication, and access to materials and devices to overcome constraints arising from the person’s disability.
There are also provisions on access for youth to relevant education and training; access to employment; participation and representation of minorities and marginalized groups in governance and other spheres of life, special opportunities in educational and economic fields, and special opportunities for access to employment.
The rights of minorities and marginalized groups to reasonable access to water, health services and infrastructure are also enshrined, as it is incumbent upon government to develop a culture of human rights, promote gender equality and equity and facilitate gender mainstreaming in national development.
The functions of Educational and training are shared between the national and county governments as contained in Schedule 4 of the Constitution. The functions of the National Government are: education policy, standards, curriculum, examinations, granting of university charters, universities, tertiary educational institutions, institutions of research, higher learning, primary schools, special education, secondary schools, special education institutions and promotion of sports and sports education.
The functions of the County Government in relation to education are: pre-primary education, village polytechnics, home-craft centres, farmers training centres and childcare facilities
Study in Kenya
Kenya has invested a significant amount of resources in its education system over the last few years. The academic climate is dynamic, innovative and progressive and features a large number of institutions, both public and private.
An ever-growing number of foreign students are enrolling in Kenya’s academic institutions, thereby increasing its multi-cultural appeal. A number of exchange programs have being set up by several foreign universities to enable their students experience this rich culture while continuing their academic development.
Universities in Kenya
The Commission for University Education (CUE) was established under the Universities Act, No. 42 of 2012, as the successor to the Commission for Higher Education. It is the Government agency mandated to regulate university education in Kenya.
Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
The Higher Education Loans Board, HELB, is the leading financier of higher education in Kenya. It is a State Corporation under the then Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
HELB was established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 213A) in 1995.
The mandate of the Board is to disburse loans, bursaries and scholarship to students pursuing higher education in recognized institution.
Note that the Ministry of Higher Education, Science & Technology is no longer providing loans and bursaries, and students should, therefore, look for alternative ways to fund their education and subsistence abroad.
Applying for a Research Permit in Kenya
The National Commission For Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI) wishes to inform you that apart from our website, you can now do your online application for a Research Permit Via their blog.You just need to search www.nacosti.blogspot.com and click on the Online Services on the Navigation bar.
Visit the following links for more information: