The School’s Feeding Program has proved to be one of the major factors keeping pupils in class throughout the term in Laikipia County.
Being semi-arid and pastoral oriented area, the County is often prone to drought which makes families move from their localities in search of water and pasture for their livestock.
Consequently, parents with children attending schools without the feeding program end up withdrawing the children from class and moving away with them.
A Senior Education officer in Laikipia Central Sub County, Abukar Hassan, while speaking during head of departments meeting at the County Drought Management Authority (CDMA) boardroom in Nanyuki town, noted that a total of 131 public primary schools are under the national government school feeding programme in the region.
He added that the program is benefiting 43,401 pupils primary schools located in the driest areas within the County.
There are 286 public primary schools and 84 private institutions, with a population of 83,593 and 16, 183 respectively, he added.
He noted the current enrolment in secondary schools in the County stands at 35,833 with 17,797 girls and 18, 036 boys.
Hassan said the dropout rate for boys in secondary school is 0.5 percent while that of the girls is 0.7 percent.
Hassan said the number of nursery schools in Laikipia County is 626, which include 478 public and 148 private entities with a population of 23,172 and 6,613 respectively.
The attendance rate in primary school is 87 percent with a completion rate of 79 per cent, he added.
The education official said the transition rate from primary to secondary schools in Laikipia County is 64 percent as compared to the national target of 70 percent.
Source: Kenya News Agency