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Nairobi is the capital and the largest city in the Republic of Kenya. Although more than thirty-eight percent of the population of Kenya is illiterate, the literacy rate in Nairobi is higher than eighty-seven percent. The city is home to several schools, colleges, and universities at all levels, public and private.

Although private nursery schools and kindergartens are available, the primary school education is the first phase in the education system of Kenya. Students begin primary school at six years of age, which continues for eight years. Its purpose is to prepare students for high school, for vocational training, or to train them to fully participate in society.

Primary education in Kenya was provided by community organizations or churches prior to Kenyan independence. Since independence, the government has slowly taken on the role of public education, offering primary public education for free in 2003, and adding free tuition for high school a few years later, although not everyone qualifies for a public secondary education.

High school normally begins at the age of fourteen, and runs for four years. However, students completing primary school will take a test that will determine whether they qualify for secondary education or a vocational training program. Apart from the public schools, there are several private, religious, and international schools, offering both primary, secondary, and higher education programs.

Most of the schools in Nairobi follow either the Kenyan Curriculum or the British Curriculum, but there are also schools following the American Curriculum and the German Curriculum.

International schools in Nairobi include the Cavina School, the second-oldest international school in Kenya, as well as the Aga Khan Academy, Banda School, Braeburn School, Braeside School, Brookhouse School, Brookhurst International School, German School, Hillcrest International School, the International School of Kenya, Kabete International School, Kenton College Preparatory School, the Nairobi Academy, Nairobi International School, the Netherlands School Society, Oshwal Academy Nairobi, Peponi House Preparatory School, Rosslyn Academy, Rusinga School, Saint Mary's School, West Nairobi School, Woodland Star International Schools, and others.

Nairobi is home to many universities, and some of its national schools are headquartered in Nairobi, as Kenya's capital city.

The University of Nairobi is the largest university in Kenya, and also its oldest. Once part of the University of East Africa, it became an independent university in 1970.

Kenyatta University was established in 1985. Originally a teacher's college, it now offers courses on agriculture, business, economics, engineering, environmental studies, law, and medicine, as well as its education-related studies.

Strathmore University began as a college in 1961, and became a university in 1966 when it merged with Kianda College and moved to the Madaraka Estate in Nairobi.

Any topics associated with teaching, learning, or education in Nairobi, Kenya are appropriate subjects for this category, whether they represent specific schools within the city or general education topics.



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