A national survey comprising of 1000 pupils aged between 3 and 16 in more than 2000 schools, established that only 33% of children in class 2 can read a paragraph of their level. The survey also revealed that a third cannot read a word and 25% of class 5 students cannot read a class 2 paragraph (Uwezo, 2010). Most pupils especially from public schools graduate from primary schools without the expected literacy. (MoE, 2008).
The first missionary schools in Kenya were set up in Rabai and Ribe making Kilifi County the cradle of academics. Astonishingly, the literacy levels and academic performance of schools in the Kambe Ribe Ward of Kilifi County remain below the national average. Overall literacy rate in Kilifi County stands at 68%; 51% being men while 49% women (Kilifi County Commission on Revenue Allocation 2018). 65.5% of people aged 15 and above can read and write while 34.5% cannot. This calls for sustainable community efforts that will complement the ongoing to address the problem.