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37 level up to postgraduate level while 22.2% had diploma level and 16.7% had secondary school as their highest education level. Table 4.2: Highest Education Level of the Household heads and Key informants Household Heads Key informants Education Level Frequency Percentage Frequency Percentage Primary 33 10.9 0 0 Secondary 84 27.8 3 16.7 Diploma 113 37.4 4 22.2 Bachelor's degree 45 14.9 7 38.9 Postgraduate degree 27 8.9 4 22.2 Total 302 100.0 18 100 Results indicated that the education levels of most household heads were basic. In fact, 75% of them were either primary, secondary or diploma holders. Lack of education is a great contributor to environmental degradation due to lack of exposure, employment and high levels of ignorance. A lot therefore needs to be done to ensure the people of Kithimani area are educated on the importance of protecting the ecosystem which will eventually lead to conservation. 4.1.4 Years lived in Kithimani Area The study asked the household heads and key informants to indicate the length of time they had lived in Kithimani area (Table 4.3). Most household heads and key informants had lived in Kithimani area for more than 10 years. 42.5% and 44.4 % of the household heads and key informants and 32.5% and 16.7% of the household heads
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