The government has set aside Sh154 million to be disbursed to various institutions to reinforce the school feeding program in parts ravaged by the ongoing drought.
Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi, asked education officials on Friday (10/03/17) to monitor the situation and ensure school heads are not stressed as a result of the effects of the drought.
“There are areas in this country that have been affected by drought. Some areas really have serious problems. We have agreed and have also been instructed by the President that in all those schools in areas that have been most affected by the drought, we should now intensify our school feeding program using money from the drought relief program of the government so no teacher should send a student away because of this issue,” Matiang’i stated.
Dr Matiang’i indicated that the government would investigate the most affected counties and also warned school heads from asking more money from parents.
“We will take food to them and we shall use the NYS. Already we have started in parts of Baringo, Northern Kenya and even some of the areas that are experiencing more problems than usual. We shall continue doing that so that our children can continue with school,” he explained.
The Education chief also directed county directors in the affected areas to freeze all the education officers’ annual leave until the crisis is solved.
He pointed out that managers should help manage the situation and hence all officers must be in their respective work stations at all time.
“These were some of the raft of measures to mitigate drought effects,” explained Matiang’i.
The Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri had in January revealed that 11 counties would be affected by the dry spell, which was a rise from the five counties the government had announced in its initial assessment released in November last year.