School Feeding Programme Back as MPs Reinstate KSh2 billion

Learners in primary and secondary schools have a reason to smile as the Tinderet Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Julius Melly, who also serves as the chairman of the National Assembly Education Committee, has called for the reinstatement of the school feeding programme.

This programme was previously abolished by the National Treasury in the 2024/2025 financial year estimates.

The MP announced the reinstatement of KSh2 billion under the National Council for Nomadic Education in Kenya (NACONEK) for the school feeding initiative to ensure students remain in schools while appearing before the Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday, May 27, 2024.

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Melly emphasized that although KSh2 billion has been reinstated, the programme had initially been reduced by KSh4.9 billion. He urged the Budget and Appropriations Committee to allocate an additional KSh3 billion to fully reinstate the funding.

Melly explained that this essential intervention helps keep students in school in marginalized areas, particularly in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) and urban slums.

This decision follows a few weeks after the National Treasury announced the termination of the programme for the next financial year, a move that had sparked significant controversy within the education sector.

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There were widespread fears that over 4 million students would be affected if the budget estimates were approved without the feeding programme.

School Feeding Programme Back as MPs Reinstate KSh2 billion

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