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Crawford Schools in Tatu City open September

Students at Makini School, which was recently bought by Advtech. PHOTO | francis nderitu
Students at Makini School, which was recently bought by Advtech. PHOTO | francis nderitu  

South Africa’s private education firm Advtech will open a school under its Crawford Schools brand in September in Kiambu’s Tatu City, continuing its aggressive expansion drive in Kenya.

The Sandton-based firm, which is also listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), recently acquired the Makini Group of Schools.

Executives of The Crawford International School Kenya said the institution will have a capacity of 1,700 students and will teach the Cambridge Curriculum.

This is unlike the Makini schools which will continue offering the Kenyan curriculum.  Crawford will admit learners from kindergarten to A-levels as well as offer boarding facilities for senior students.

“Our curriculum is based on a progressive educational approach, which prepares children for the 21st century and allows for development of the global competencies required of students,” Jenny Coetzee, managing director of Crawford International Schools Kenya, said in a statement.

Advtech joins a growing list of institutional investors in Kenya’s private education cashing in on high demand for quality schooling from local wealthy families, middle class and expatriates working for multinationals, foreign governments and global institutions.

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