Government boosts school feeding programme in Narok

The government has released Sh. 24.6 Million to School feeding programme in Narok County this term to mitigate the effects of the recent drought on enrolment.

Speaking during a National Drought Management Authority (NADMA) stakeholders’ meeting in Narok , principal education Officer Mr. Fredrick Obaigwa said the money was distributed to 128 primary schools in hard hit areas of the county to enhance the school feeding programme.

I am happy to report that this programme has worked wonders and school absenteeism which stood at 40 per cent has improved tremendously, Obaigwa said.

He said the children have been skipping classes to accompany their parents to look for water and food and tend to their livestock.

In the disbursements, Trans Mara sub county received the highest share of the money of Sh. 7.989Million followed by Narok North (Sh.7.478Million), while Narok West got the lowest share of Sh.112, 000.

The educationist however called on stakeholders to supplement these government efforts saying the situation is still dire as the county has not harvested.

Obaigwa also lamented that early marriages and early pregnancies contributed about 20per cent of school dropouts in the county which is the highest rate in the whole county.

Narok has high drop out of students from schools in the area especially girls in the upper primary and secondary schools as they undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and are married off early after that. Boys too, are affected by moranism and nomadic way of life of the pastoralists.

Obaigwa appealed to the Maa community to discard this cultural practice, which he said made the community lag behind in development.

The distance to and from school has also contributed to absenteeism in schools. The county has about 650 primary schools which have a total population of over 230,000 pupils and about 120 secondary schools which have a population of about 25,800 students.

Source: Kenya News Agency