Adult and Continuing Education offers an opportunity for those outside the formal school system to benefit from education and the Government is committed to eradicating illiteracy through adult education programmes.
During the period under review the number of adult learners went up from 292,273 in 2013 to 300,462 in 2014 registering an increase of 2.8 per cent. A total of 13,648 males registered for KCPE compared to 12,864 females. The number of adult learners who registered privately for KCPE rose by 12.5 per cent from 23,576 in 2013 to 26,512 in 2014.
Some of the key challenges in this sector include inadequate trained literacy and adult education teachers; a high turnover of staff and volunteer teachers; limited resource allocations and inappropriate infrastructure; lack of teaching and learning materials; school-age children attending adult classes; gender imbalance; and negative attitudes and perceptions towards adult learning.