Dr William Ruto is Kenya’s fifth president since independence. He served as Deputy President under President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, the two fell out when President Uhuru made an alliance with Raila Odinga.
William Ruto is a member of the Kalenjin community, which makes a majority of the former Rift Valley Province. President William Ruto was born on 21 December 1966 in Sambut village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County. His parents are Daniel Cheruiyot (father) and Sarah Cheruiyot (mother).
During the campaign trails and in speeches after winning the Presidency, Mr Ruto has stunned Kenyans with his command in English and speech delivery. This has prompted many Kenyans to ask what is the education background of President William Ruto.
In this article we explore the schools that President Ruto attended and the courses he has studied.
William Ruto started his early education at Kamagut Primary School before transferring to Kerotet Primary School where he sat for his Certificate of Primary Education (CPE). These two schools are located within Uasin Gishu County.
After primary school, William Ruto attended Wareng Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County for his Ordinary Level (O Level) education. He later joined Kapsabet High School in Nandi County where he obtained his Advanced Levels (A Level)education.
Mr William Ruto then joined the University of Nairobi to study Botany and Zoology from where he graduated in 1990. He proceeded with his studies and obtained Master of Science in Plant Ecology in 2011, also from the University of Nairobi. He enrolled for his doctoral studies at the university and had several setbacks before he could finally attain a PhD on 21 December 2018.
According to data at the Ministry of Education, Kenya has less than 10,000 Ph.D. holders. Less than 1,000 students graduate with a doctoral degree every year.
While pursuing higher education, William Ruto wrote some academic papers, including Plant Species Diversity and Composition of Two Wetlands in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya.
Extracurricular activities William Ruto was involved with during his education were the choir where he was the Chairman of the University of Nairobi’s choir. It is through his activities as the Chairman of the choir that he met President Daniel Arap Moi who introduced him to politics in the 1992 general elections.