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Greener Journal of Educational Research

Vol. 9(2), pp. 90-103, 2019

ISSN: 2276-7789

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Influence of Free Secondary Education Policy on Educational Wastage Rate in Kericho County, Kenya


Viviline Ngeno


Department of Education Management, Foundations and Psychology University of Kabianga, Kenya.





Article No.: 062419117

Type: Research

DOI: 10.15580/GJER.2019.2.062419117



In pursuance of provision of Education for All, Free Secondary Education (FSE) policy was adopted in 2008 to enhance access, improve quality, equity, relevance and Gender Parity in the provision of Secondary School Education in Kenya. The first cycle of students who benefitted from FSE policy graduated in 2011. The national mean Gender Parity Index (GPI) for 2004 to 2007 was 0.88 while in Kericho County it was 0.69 lower than national. The form to form transition fluctuated as between 9,103 and 9,333 in Kericho County. The influence of FSE policy on Educational wastage rate in was not known. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to establish influence of FSE Policy on wastage in Kericho County. Objectives of the study were to; determine the influence of FSE policy on wastage rate in Kericho County. The study was based on the concept of investment choices and consequently a conceptual framework was formulated. The independent variable was FSE policy and dependent variable was educational wastage rates. Descriptive, ex-post factos and correlational research designs were adopted. The study population was 4,457 Principals, Sub County Quality Assurance and Standard Officers, Directors of Studies and form IV students of 2011. The sample size was 485. Snowball and saturated sampling techniques were used to select respondents. Questionnaire, interview schedules, Focus Group Discussion, interview guide and document analysis guide were used to collect data. Reliability coefficient of the principals’ questionnaire was 0.80 at set p-value of 0.05. Quantitative data was analyzed using Cohort Analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics. Qualitative data was transcribed and analyzed in emergent themes and sub themes. The study established that there was a weak negative relationship between FSE policy and educational wastage rate with a coefficient of -0.22 at a p-value of 0.05, meaning it accounted for 5% of the variation. The study concluded that FSE policy reduced wastage rates. The study recommended that FSE fund should be reviewed upward to reduce educational wastage rates. The findings of this study are significant to stakeholders in education as it informs them on the need to review the policy with a view to improving secondary school education so as to achieve the objectives of FSE policy.


Submitted: 24/06/2019

Accepted:  14/08/2019

Published: 20/09/2019


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Viviline Ngeno

E-mail: vivilinengeno@

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Keywords: Influence; FSE policy; Educational wastage rate in Kericho County



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Cite this Article: Ngeno, V (2019). Influence of Free Secondary Education Policy on Educational Wastage Rate in Kericho County, Kenya. Greener Journal of Educational Research, 9(2): 90-103,

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