Next Up for Developing Nations: Secondary Schooling
Expectations Are Rising Now That Some Provide Basic Education for All
Parents and other supporters of Nkumari Primary School here have started to build, as their forebears built before them. The walls of several new classrooms were partially up in January—light-colored local stone roughly mortared—just a short walk from the existing school.
Just as parents constructed that hilltop building for grades 1-8 years ago, a new generation now wants a secondary school. It would start with a single grade or “form,” adding one a year until all four forms were represented.
“A school must start,” insisted the headmaster of Nkumari Primary, Peter Kinoti Inoti, at a meeting of the supporters held over chicken stew in a primary classroom earlier this year. He reminded some 35 people that such schools were being started all over their area of central Kenya, and Nkumari must not be left behind. Indeed, the communities of two nearby primaries also had...
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