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Children stay away from school as hunger bites

05 February 2014, 10:16

Nairobi - Starvation has reportedly disrupted learning at more than 50 schools situated in areas that have borne the biggest brunt of food shortages locally.

Musau Ndunda, the Chairperson of Parents Union said many school-going children were forced to abscond classes due to hunger while also searching for and also to look for food and water.

He said they had made the government aware of the setback.

“We have written to the ministry of education so that they can see what they can be done. Quite a number of students are very weak, a number of them cannot remain in school even for two three hours,” said Ndunda.

He said schools in other areas such Marigat have been closed down as families have fled the area in search of food and water.

The families moved to the neighboring counties in a bid to escape the wrath of hunger problems.

The Ministry of Education has so far not issued any statement regarding the measures it plans to take to manage the situation and prevent the looming disruption of the academic calendar.
The government has in the past supplied food to schools in hunger stricken areas through a special programme in a move that kept averted school close down in hunger stricken areas.

In the middle of the problems, the Legislatures from the regions worst affected by hunger have called upon the national government to take the necessary steps and avert the crisis.

– CAJ News


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