Education dwindles in secondary schools in Kenya
Oct 7, 2011
Education programs at secondary schools that were once thriving in Kenya have now been halted. Many families can no longer afford to send their children to school as droughts rage on, IRIN reports.
"Most of the parents are unable to pay fees, many have lost their livestock [yet] the high cost of food requires the schools to increase their budgets," Adan Sheikh, the Northeastern Provincial Education Director, told the publication. "We hope to resume the program after it rains, when pasture and water will be available."
Nearly 20,000 students in 72 secondary schools in the North Eastern Province have been unable to go to school, as most districts don't have money to pay the teachers.
Sheikh told the publication that the government has promised grants to help get the schools up and running again, though none have been given out thus far.
Parents are more likely to keep younger children in school because there is a sense of food security there.
"Improved meals at schools have motivated parents to enroll their children," Ibrahim Mohamed, the Wajir South Education Officer, told the news outlet. "Over 500 new children have [enrolled] in lower primary classes and nursery [school] since April."
Many educators are urging the government and humanitarian groups to provide funding for the schools to allow kids to have opportunities in the future.