Ministry Calls For Research Into Where Girls End Up in Educational Pursuits
Sarah Ruto, the Education Cabinet Administrative Secretary, has called for more research into where girls and young women end up in their educational pursuits.
Dr. Ruto stated that while girls and young women often begin school at the same level as boys, fewer of them complete their education and pursue careers.
“Take a look at students pursuing law at the University of Nairobi for example. Girls are even more than boys in that class at the beginning,” she said.
She claims that fewer girls go on to the Kenya School of Law and are admitted to the bar to specialize in various fields after law school.
On Tuesday, the CAS spoke at the launch of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE-Kenya) Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 in Nairobi.
She stated that data and empirical evidence on what girls face that causes them to drop out of school or careers is critical to ending inequality against them.
Dr. Ruto requested that FAWE look for empirical evidence on what happens after school and the effects it has on gender equality.
She said, typically, the nature of the girl is that as she graduates from a professional school, she may decide to pursue a married life and become a wife.
“Perhaps they discuss and decide amongst themselves that for the sake of the new family, she should stay home and allow the husband to pursue his Education, Career, move to a new town,” she said.
She stated that many women believe that is what is best for their family, and that family is the backbone of society.
She also stated that women should never feel bad about choosing a family over a career because raising a family is just as important as building a career.
“That is why girls need to be supported because they serve so many purposes to society,” she said.
She praised FAWE’s future plans and commitment to advancing the education of girls in various circumstances, particularly getting girls back to school after giving birth.
“We are happy to see civil society groups like FAWE join in the conversations of re-entry into school and we hope they can help identify areas where we can make the policy work for girls and boys returning to school,” she concluded.