Private education in Kenya is regulated under the Basic Education Act, 2013.  It seeks to promote and regulate free and compulsory basic education and provide for accreditation, registration, governance and management of institutions of basic education.

The largest private actor in education in Kenya is Bridge International Academies (BIA). It first opened a school in Mukuru kwa Njenga slum in Kenya in 2009. The company currently operates about 405 schools across Kenya.

Key Updates

The most recent updates on BIA operations in Kenya:

  • 16 April 2018: Kenyan citizens, parents and teachers file complaint against the World Bank for it funding to Bridge International Academics: http://bit.ly/2JLG9kl

  • 23 February 2018: Kenyan court prevents attempts by Bridge International Academies to muzzle critics: http://bit.ly/2CGfZKR

  • 13 November 2017: African Commission raises concerns about lack of regulation of Bridge International Academies: http://bit.ly/2hv8yBZ

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  • Concluding Observations on Kenya by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: http://bit.ly/2o1XCLg

  • Education International and Kenya National Union of Teachers report, ‘Bridge vs. Reality: a study of Bridge International Academies’  for-profit schooling in Kenya’: http://bit.ly/2h1Rml9

  • 19 July 2017: Leaked letter from Ministry of Education finds Bridge in breach of education standards: http://bit.ly/2uaBZfT

  • 17 February 2017: Kenyan court upholds closure of Bridge International Academies in Busia county: http://bit.ly/2lT2vHG

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