Where you go to school depends on what your family can afford. If you don’t get into the best provincial-level secondary school then you can kiss your dream of attending university goodbye. You may have a Western sponsor whom you have never met but is paying for your secondary school (I wish I knew the percentage here, but I don’t). Even if you do get into a good secondary school, you still need to be in the top 10% of scorers on the KCSE, the university-level entrance examination taken by all secondary schoolers in their form four year (senior year), in order to get into university. On top of that, university costs a lot of money even though it is partially publicly sponsored. You will find people coming from all parts of Kenya and going to university, but it is a small percentage when compared to Western attendance rates.
If you don’t make it into university, it’s off to a college-level program. Here you can study to become an advanced trades-person, or maybe a teacher or a nurse or get further business classes. You attain certificates and diplomas and all manner of recognitions to prove you have done something, because in this job environment if you cannot prove with an official piece of paper that you have participated in some form of education or another then your experience is worthless. I experience this problem first hand when people ask if I give out certificates when I teach computer class and the answer is no. Without a certificate proving your actions, you might as well do nothing at all.
You get your first job, but the schooling is not over yet. You go to your job during the day and go to classes during the night to continue to improve your professional level. Your employer may be paying for this or you may be paying for yourself. On weekends you go out with your friends to the clubs and bars. You watch football, shoot pool, you discuss politics, sports, girls. You dance and fraternize with the ladies. There is a good chance you are well versed in the highs and lows of the Kenyan social and political landscapes, but you feel far removed from it, there’s nothing you can do but complain and hope it will be better later. On Sundays you go to church. During the week, if you have free time, you watch television and listen to the radio or read the paper, or watch movies from DVDs. You also look for a wife.