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Although nearly forty percent of the population of Kenya is considered illiterate, there are wide disparities based on the region of Kenya in which a person lives, and on sex, with illiteracy rates higher among women than men. Rates of literacy tend to be higher in the country's urban areas, such as Mombasa.

In the early 2000s, the Ministry of Education for the Republic of Kenya has placed greater emphasis on the education of its people.

Although nursery schools and kindergartens are available in Mombasa, they are currently in the private sector, and have to be paid for, although there is discussion about adding these to Kenya's public education system.

Public education begins at the age of six and includes eight years of primary school and four years of high school, also known as secondary school, much as in the United States. Primary school is free for those attending Kenya's public schools. Following primary school, students may go on to high school or join a two-year vocational polytechnic school or arrange to participate in an apprenticeship trade program.

High school graduates can join a polytechnic or a three-year technical college, or they may choose a four-year university program. Graduates from a polytechnic or technical college might join the workforce, and later opt to obtain a specialized higher diploma after another two years of training, or join a university in the second or third year of their chosen field.

Public universities are commercial institutions, and only a small number of qualified students are offered government sponsorships into programs of their choice, as these programs are very limited. Other may be more freely admitted into social science programs, as these are less expensive to operate or, if able, they may pay the full cost of additional studies.

Students who continue their education after primary school must sit for a national examination given at the end of Form Four. This is known as the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, which is used to determine placement in a secondary school or vocational training. Students may choose eight subjects on which to be examined, although English, Kiswahili, and mathematics are compulsory.

Students are selected for public universities based on their scores on the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service examination. Those who can afford it may also choose one of several private or international schools in Mombasa.

Mombasa and the Greater Mombasa region includes several public and private primary schools, and more than twenty secondary schools. Public universities and colleges in Mombasa include the Technical University of Mombasa, and campuses of the University of Nairobi, Moi University, and Kenyatta University.

Additionally, there are several technical and vocational training institutions and proprietary schools.

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