ROLE OF ISLAMIC INTEGRATED SCHOOLS IN THE ENHANCEMENT OF EDUCATION IN GARISSA MUNICIPALITY OF GARISSA COUNTY, KENYA
ABDINUR, ABDIRIZACK YUSSUF
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Arid and semi-Arid areas in Kenya has exhibited low levels of access, participation, completion and achievement rates in terms of education despite the various educational interventions put in place by Kenyan governments such as: establishment of mobile schools, teachers’ hardship and travel allowances, a quota intake system in secondary schools and universities, the inception of boarding schools and introduction of feeding programme. However, the above mentioned educational measures seem to be inappropriate for the socio‐economic, cultural and religious realities of Northeastern Kenya. The objectives of the study: (i) Narrate the historical development of Islamic Integrated education in Kenya with specific reference to Garissa. (ii) Investigate the role of Islamic Integrated Schools as a significant alternative strategy to enhance access to education, improve the performance of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and boost the community’s perception towards education in Garissa. (iii) Examine the challenges facing Islamic Integrated schools in Garissa. Descriptive survey design is adopted. Four Islamic Integrated Schools are selected the students, teachers, parents, head teachers and four officials from the local education office are respondents. Data is collected through questionnaire, semi-structured interview guides, focus group discussions and document analysis. Content validity of the instruments is done. The data was analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. Islamic Integrated Schools in Garissa have increased the primary students’ enrolment by 35%, have raised the overall mean score in KCPE and uplifted the satisfaction rate among parents whose children attend such schools. The study reveals challenges that hinder their operation. The findings may aid the educational planners in developing a need-driven and standardised education based on the interests and aspirations of communities in specific regions.