Targeted School Feeding Towards Improved Enrolment

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Nyabaro, Violet
Ogolla, Michael
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African Economic Research Consortium
Access to education is a priority for the Kenyan government reflected in increased budgetary allocation towards the sector, provision of free primary education and implementation of free day secondary school since 2003 and 2008, respectively. These policy decisions have led to an improvement in various education sector indicators including enrolment and dropout rates, higher retention and better transition rates across levels of basic education. The result of these efforts saw a 57 percent increase in primary school enrolment between 2003 and 2020 and secondary school enrolment increased by 79 percent between 2007 and 2020.The Kenyan government invests billions of shillings in School Feeding Programme (SFP)to encourage school enrollment, attendance, and completion, and to reduce regional and social disparities in education attainment. School feeding programme began in 1979 with a government led school milk program commonly called the “Nyayo Milk.” Subsequently, various school feeding programmes (SFPs) have been implemented by the national and county governments in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).