Hakijamii is a registered national non-governmental organization existing to amplify the voices of marginalized communities in Kenya so as to claim and realize their Economic and Social Rights which includes among other rights, the right to education. Education is a fundamental right of every person; a key to other human rights; the heart of all development; the essential prerequisite for equity, diversity and lasting peace.1 For this reason, the Organization conducted a survey in selected non-formal schools in the informal settlements of Mathare, Kibra, Kangemi and Mukuru. The main purposes of the survey was to find out how compliant the non-formal schools are with Policy legislation particularly the Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training (APBET) Policy of 2009 and its subsequent Guidelines of 2015 which the Ministry of Education developed as an intervention to facilitate access to quality basic education and training services for the hard to reach communities.

Non-Formal Education was started by individuals, communities and organizations in Kenya as a solution to the crisis facing out of school children. Adverse socio-cultural and economic situations such as poverty, cultural beliefs, low retention and completion rates as well as lack of access to formal education were but some of the barriers to formal education facing poor and marginalized children. The Non-Formal Education comprised literacy programs for adults and youth as well as skills training and thus contributed to providing education opportunities, but without quality as most of the schools and centres established were registered with different Government departments such as Office of the President, State Law Office, Social Services and Ministry of Education to offer different services yet ended up providing education and training which made it difficult for the Ministry of Education to supervise their activities. This led to the Ministry of Education in 2009 to develop the Policy for Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training (APBET) as an intervention to facilitate access to quality basic education and training services for the hard to reach communities and thereafter the Registration Guidelines for Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training in 2015. The 2015 Guidelines provides for the basic standard requirements for registration of non-formal