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DON’T send students home over lunch fees, Embu teachers told

Embu Executive Committee Member for Education has said paying for lunch in secondary schools should be optional and should not be a reason why students are sent home for fees.


Embu County Executive Committee Member for Education docket John Kiamati speaks during KSh 64,225,000 bursaries allocation to students in the county today.  He said new ways of catering for lunch in high school should be adopted to retain learners in school. Photo/MWINGI TIMES CORRESPONDENT

Mr John Kiamati said that parents should be innovative in addressing the challenge of food shortage for learners such as preparing parked lunch for their children in high school in order to cater for their lunch meals.

"When I was in school, we used to carry food to school. Lunch should be optional for day schools. If a parent is not able to pay that KSh 4,000 and the students is able to withstand from morning to evening to eat when he gets home then be it. Let us assist the government to make education easy,” asserted Kiamati.

The CECM was speaking during the issuance of KSh 64,225,000 of the Embu County Education Support Fund that benefited 20,789 secondary school students from all the 20 wards in Embu County.

The MCAs present during the ceremony said that the move, if adopted will address school drop outs over fees arears.

Mwea MCA Harrison Mwaluko said most of the bursary beneficiaries were learners form day schools.

His Makima counterpart Philp Nzangi urged Members of National Assembly to start catering for lunch using the National Government Constituency Development Fund.



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