TABLE 11a:  1962,1969,1979 African Female Population Illiteracy Rate

 

 

 

 

 

1962

 

 

1969

 

 

1979

 

 

District

Percent

Rank

District

Percent

Rank

District

Percent

Rank

 

Nairobi

57.8

1

Nairobi

52.5

1

Nairobi

37.5

1

 

Nyeri

64.4

2

Nyeri

65.3

2

Nyeri

42.8

2

 

Kiambu

70.5

3

Kiambu

67.9

3

Kiambu

44.7

3

 

Fort Hall

72.5

4

Muranga

69.8

4

Muranga

49.3

4

 

North Nyanza

76.9

5

Mombasa

69.8

5

Nyandarua

50.4

5

 

Thika

76.9

5

Bungoma

71.1

6

Machakos

51.1

6

 

Nanyuki

77.7

7

Kakamega

72.6

7

Kisii

51.2

7

 

Trans Nzoia

79.1

8

Taita

73.2

8

Bungoma

51.5

8

 

Nakuru

80.5

9

Nyandarua

73.4

9

Taita

53.4

9

 

Taita

80.9

10

Laikipia

73.8

10

Kirinyaga

53.6

10

 

Mombasa

82.1

11

TransNzoia

75.6

11

Nakuru

53.6

10

 

Elgon Nyanza

82.2

12

Nakuru

77.0

12

Kisumu

53.7

12

 

Nandi

82.9

13

Uasin Gishu

77.9

13

Kakamega

53.9

13

 

Naivasha

84.2

14

Embu

78.3

14

Mombasa

54.4

14

 

Kisii

84.8

15

Kisumu

79.6

15

Uasin Gishu

54.5

15

 

Machakos

84.9

16

Machakos

79.7

16

Embu

55.0

16

 

South Nyanza

85.0

17

Meru

80.9

17

Nandi

55.7

17

 

Embu

85.1

18

Kisii

82.5

18

South Nyanza

56.5

18

 

Meru

86.2

19

Kirinyaga

82.6

19

Siaya

58.4

19

 

Elgeyo Marakwet

86.7

20

Elgeyo Marakwet

82.8

20

Kericho

58.6

20

 

Uasin Gishu

86.9

21

Kericho

83.2

21

Laikipia

58.6

20

 

Baringo

87.1

22

Busia

83.4

22

Meru

59.1

22

 

Laikipia

87.7

23

Siaya

83.9

23

TransNzoia

59.4

23

 

Central Nyanza

87.9

24

South Nyanza

84.0

24

Elgeyo Marakwet

61.7

24

 

Kericho

88.7

25

Nandi

85.1

25

Busia

62.6

25

 

Lamu

91.2

26

Narok

88.8

26

Baringo

67.7

26

 

Kwale

93.9

27

Kitui

89.6

27

Kitui

69.5

27

 

Tana River

94.6

28

Kajiado

90.0

28

Kajiado

77.2

28

 

Narok

96.6

29

Kilifi

93.0

29

Lamu

77.7

29

 

Kilifi

96.8

30

Isiolo

93.9

30

Kwale

83.6

30

 

West Pokot

97.1

31

Baringo

95.2

31

Kilifi

85.6

31

 

Kitui

97.5

32

Turkana

95.3

32

Tana River

85.8

32

 

Kajiado

98.1

33

West Pokot

95.4

33

Narok

85.9

33

 

Kenya Average

84.4

 

Kwale

95.7

34

Isiolo

86.0

34

 

 

 

 

Marsabit

96

35

West Pokot

89.0

35

 

 

 

 

Tana River

96.5

36

Samburu

93.1

36

 

 

 

 

Lamu

97.4

37

Marsabit

94.2

37

 

 

 

 

Samburu

98.6

38

Turkana

96.0

38

 

 

 

 

Wajir

98.8

39

Garissa

96.6

39

 

 

 

 

Mandera

99.6

40

Wajir

97.4

40

 

 

 

 

Garissa

99.7

41

Mandera

98.0

41

 

 

 

 

Kenya Average

83.6

 

Kenya Average

66.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/There are no data available for Northern Frontier, Samburu, & Turkana, so these 3 districts are not included.

 

 

Adapted from Wortham (1990), pp.293, 312, 331. That author cites the 1969 Kenya Population Census, Vol.3 and 

 

the 1979 Kenya Population Census, Vol.1.