Kiharu MP Irungu Kang’ata is seeking Sh30 billion for the provision of free food to all public primary schools through a new feeding programme.
Speaking before the National Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee yesterday, he sought to have the Basic Education Act amended to make this provision.
Kang’ata said the provision will ensure the burden of feeding children is lifted off parents and the programme covers more children.
Some schools currently run a feeding programme.
“I understand this is a high cost implication, but it is time the country bites the bullet to ensure children are kept in school and the quality of education is improved,” Kang’ata said.