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Report: 20 per cent of Siaya residents have no formal education

NYANZA
By Isaiah Gwengi | June 25th 2016
Vendors hawk farm produce to passengers aboard a Usenge bound bus at Akala market in Siaya County. A recent report shows that 20 per cent of the county’s residents lack formal training. PHOTO: COLLINS ODUOR/FILE

SIAYA: Only 20 per cent of Siaya County residents have no formal education, a study has revealed.

According to a recent report by the Society for International Development (SID) and the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Ugenya constituency has the highest number of residents in the county with no formal education at 24 per cent.

This is six per cent above Bondo and Rarieda constituencies, which have the lowest share of residents with no formal education.

SID Programmes Officer Mary Muyonga said East Ugenya ward had the highest percentage of residents with no formal education at 25 per cent.

"This is eight per cent above West Sakwa ward, which has the lowest per cent of residents with no formal education, while East Ugenya is five per cent above the county's average," said Mrs Muyonga.

She was speaking during the launch of the report dubbed 'Exploring Kenya's Inequality: Pulling Apart or Pooling Together?'

The report further indicates that only 16 per cent of the county's population have a secondary education or above, with Siaya Township ward having the highest share of residents with that level of education or above, at 28 per cent.

"This is almost three times above East Ugenya ward, which has the lowest share, while Siaya Township ward is 12 percent above the county's average," said Mrs Muyonga.

Two constituencies, Bondo and Rarieda, have the highest share of residents with a secondary level of education or above, at 18 percent. This is five per cent points above Ugenya constituency, which has the lowest share of residents with that education level or above. Bondo and Rarieda are two percent above the county's average.

Mrs Muyonga said that 64 per cent of the county's residents have a primary education.

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