About 1.13 million children have been reported to have dropped out of school across the country, according to the new survey report.
The education ministry (MOE) conducted a survey in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The survey report reveals that most of the children have quit school and are either in the streets, working in the farm plantations where they are exploited, are nursing babies, or have been forced into early marriages.
The Ministry of Education has done much to ensure that all children across the country can access education regardless of family financial challenges. Despite the spirited efforts from the ministry of education the report has revealed that over 1.13 million children are out of school and some even have no hope to go back to school to learn and pursue their dreams. The senior regional advisor, UNESCO Institute for Statistics George Boade narrated.
George Boade said that the survey was also done in conjunction with National Council for Nomadic Education in Kenya (Naconek) which covered 16 counties revealed that many children are out of school due to early pregnancies, child marriages, and child labor.
The most affected counties include Baringo, Bungoma, Isiolo, Garissa, Kajiado, Kwale, and Kilifi. The other counties in the list are Narok, Mandeera, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana, Tana River, Wajir and West Pokot.
The Principal Secretary Implementation of Curriculum Development Professor Fatuma Chege said that the government has launched a new program to get about 250,000 out of the total school dropouts by the end of 2023 back to school.
She further reported that the program will run in partnership with Educate A Child funded by Qatar’s program called Operation Come To School.
The education sector is pivotal to the country’s economic growth. Therefore the government of Kenya, The ministry of education, and other education stakeholders call upon all parents and well-wishers to work together in a campaign geared to see all school dropouts back to school.