300 Students in Kajiado Central Yet To Report For Term Three As Drought Continue
Around 300 students from various secondary and primary schools in Kajiado Central Sub County have yet to report for term three.
According to Job Kaikai, the Kajiado Central Sub County Director of Education, the major cause of absenteeism is the ongoing drought that is ravaging livestock, which is the main economic source of livelihood in Kajiado.
“Most parents depend on livestock sales to be able to pay school fees. Due to the current drought, the animals are really emaciated and fetch poor prices in the market making the parents lack school fees for their children,” said Kaikai
Enkorika has 60 boys, Nkoile has 23 boys, and Nalepo Taigong’ has 36 girls who have yet to report to school.
However, Kaikai stated that in the case of the missing girls, drought may not be the only cause, but that early pregnancies may also be the cause.
According to Kaikai, secondary schools are reporting low fee payments, which is affecting operations, particularly in boarding sections.
The situation is similar in primary schools, where 161 students have yet to return to class.
Headteachers report chronic absenteeism in both boys and girls, with boys being the most affected.
The national government has distributed rice, beans, and canned beef to 31 schools in Kajiado Central in an attempt to salvage the situation.
A Non-Governmental Organization, Light of Hope, is also distributing meals to 12 schools so that students can learn on a full stomach.
A KNA spot check in Kajiado Central revealed that many people are now surviving on one meal per day.
Men have relocated the remaining livestock to counties such as Narok, Nakuru, Taita Taveta, and neighboring Tanzania in search of water and pasture, leaving only children and women in the homesteads.