| A new system of education, known as the 8-4-4 system, was introduced in 1985. Under this system, eight years
of primary schooling (leading to the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) ) are followed by four years of
secondary schooling (leading to the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)) and four years of first degree
studies at university. This scheme replaces one which was based on the English pattern culminating in A levels and a three-year
first degree course. The introduction of the 8-4-4 education system has led to tremendous changes in the secondary school curriculum. This is in
line with the need for a broad-based curriculum that prepares students for self-reliance, vocational training and further education. In 1990, the first
KCSE students entered university to begin four years of study for a general degree. The KCSE is administered by the Kenya National Examinations Council.
The service charter:
The District Education Office in pursuit of the ministry of education goals and objectives is charged with the responsibility of providing, promoting
and co-ordination provision of quality education and training. This is aimed at empowering individuals to become caring, competent and responsible citizens who value education as a life-long process.
- Nomination and inauguration of district education board.
- Nominations and inauguration of board of governors.
- Co-ordination and supervision of examinations.
- Co-ordination of KESSP implementation.
- Assessment of institutions of learning for registration.
- Quality assurance, supervision and maintenance of standards in educational and training institutions.
- Provision of advisory services.
- Interpretation, dissemination and implementation of policy guidelines and manuals.
- Capacity building.
- Monitor the use of funds and interpret accounts.
- Admission and transfer of students.
- Teacher management.
- Monitoring the disbursement of bursaries and grants to educational institutions.
- Mobilization of resources for educational development.
- Payment for goods and services procured by the District Education Office.
- Monitoring the recovery and remittance of the statutory deductions by educational institutions.
Nyanza Provincial Education Office
P.O. BOX 575
District Education Office,
P.O. BOX 1914,
Nyanza Province Provincial
Adult Education Office
P.O. Box 1766
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Head: Prof. Sam Ongeri, Minister
Permanent Secretary: Prof. Karega Mutahi
PO Box 30040 Jogoo House "B", Harambee Avenue
Tel: +254(20) 318 581
Commission for Higher Education
Head: Prof. Everett M. Standa, Commission Secretary
PO Box 54999
Tel: +254(2) 228 753
Fax: +254(2) 222 218