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Kisumu, Kenya is home to several primary schools, and more than twenty public secondary schools, as well as private and international schools, and many colleges and universities.

Public and private universities and colleges within the city include Great Lakes University, International School of Medicine and Technology, International School of Medicine and Applied Technology, Intraglobal Training Institute, Ivory Tower Institute, Kenya College of Accountancy, Lake Institute of Tropical Medicine, Maseno University, Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology, Tom Mboya Labour College, and others, including campuses of universities headquartered elsewhere.

In 2003, the Republic of Kenya's Ministry of Education began a policy of free primary school education, then did the same for secondary education in 2008. Although illiteracy rates in the country remain high, this change in policy has greatly increased primary and secondary school enrollment ratios, and enrollment at the university level has also increased considerably. These improvements are particularly evident in Kenya's urban areas, such as Kisumu.

The national education system of Kenya is organized on an 8-4-4 model, beginning with eight years of primary school, four years of high school, and a four-year undergraduate program. Public education begins at the age of six, although private nursery schools and kindergartens are available in the country's urban regions, including Kisumu, for those who are able to pay.

Primary and secondary education is free, although a secondary education is not compulsory.

Upon completion of primary school, students sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam, which determines whether students may continue to secondary school or to a technical school. Those who perform well may be admitted to secondary school, while others may attend provincial schools.

Secondary school, or high school, lasts four years. Upon completion of the second year, students sit for exams administered by the Kenya National Examination Council, which lead to the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, and also determines who may be admitted to universities or to training within the technical or vocational stream.

Students who successfully complete primary school, but do not enroll in secondary school, may attend a polytechnic school in preparation for government trade tests. More than half of primary school students do not continue to secondary school.

Many of the private schools in Kisumu, and elsewhere in Kenya, are affiliated with a religion, and offer either British or American curriculums and qualifications, and may also offer the Kenyan curriculum.

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