EDITORIAL: Reconsider unreasonable budget cuts for Education Programmes

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EDITORIAL: Reconsider unreasonable budget cuts for Education Programmes

The recent decisions by the Kenyan government to dismantle crucial programs within the education sector are not just disappointing; they are downright alarming.

Last year’s suspension of the EduAfya program, which provided essential medical cover to over 3.4 million students, was a blow to the well-being of the nation’s youth.

Now, with the proposed elimination of the school feeding program, the government is further jeopardizing the health and education of millions of children.

It’s incomprehensible that in a country where millions of children rely on school meals as a lifeline, the government would choose to withdraw funding for such a vital program.

School feeding programme rolled out in Mombasa by Governor Abdullswamad Sheriff Nassir to improve education for under privileged children . Photo: Kenya News Agency
School feeding programme rolled out in Mombasa by Governor Abdullswamad Sheriff Nassir to improve education for under privileged children . Photo: Kenya News Agency

The consequences of this decision are dire, as it leaves vulnerable students at risk of malnutrition and hampers their ability to focus and learn effectively in the classroom.

The abrupt withdrawal of 4.9 billion shillings allocated for the school feeding program in the 2024/2025 budget estimates is a grave disservice to the future generations of Kenya.

Furthermore, the staggering budget cuts of 15.4 billion shillings for Junior Secondary Schools come at a time when enrollment in these institutions is on the rise.

This sends a clear message to the youth of Kenya: their education is not a priority for the government.

Education is not just a fundamental human right; it is also a cornerstone of economic growth and social progress.

It is unacceptable to burden taxpayers with more financial obligations while simultaneously stripping away essential services that should be guaranteed to every child.

We urge members of the National Assembly to reconsider these shortsighted proposals and prioritize the well-being and future of Kenya’s youth. The fate of millions of Kenyan children is on the line.

Copy by Fred Indimuli- host Morning Cafe show

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