Kenya Muslims National Advisory Council has called on the national government to scrape off term two fees as schools prepare to reopen countrywide.
The council advises that should the government fail to scrape off the fees; a special policy should be developed to ensure children remain in school.
Speaking to the media in Mombasa on Wednesday, KEMNAC chairperson Sheikh Juma Ngao said Kenyans have been struggling to eke a living amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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“The government should do away with all term two fees. Children should not be sent back home due to lack of school fees,” said Ngao.
At the same time, Kilifi County KEMNAC Chairperson Badi Islam urged the government to scrape off school fees.
He says parents are struggling amid a cut-throat economy.
Meanwhile, KEMNAC National Education Director Sheikh Hafidh Muhsin wants the government to immediately disburse funds to schools.
He says the funds will address some of the critical issues affecting public schools throughout the country.
“There are many issues, shortage of desks, among other infrastructure,” noted Muhsin.
He further cites teenage pregnancy amongst school-going girls as a challenge even as schools prepare to reopen countrywide.
Said Muhsin “Majority of the children are now mothers or expectant. Most of them are as young as 10 years and above.”