1895: The British declared Kenya a protectorate in 1895.
1963: In 1963 the Kenyan government promised free primary education to its people. This promise did not take effect until 2003.
1970: The growth of Kenya’s education sector has exceeded expectations. After the first university was established in 1970, five others have been created. The demand for higher education has resulted in the formation of many private universities.
1985: Kenya introduced the current 8-4-4 system in 1985. This means that grades one through eight are in primary, grades nine through twelve are in secondary, and then graduates spend four years in university. The 8-4-4 system was created to help those students who do not plan to pursue higher education. It has helped reduce the drop out rates and help those that leave primary school find employment.