Gatanga Member of Parliament Wakili Edward Muriu has successfully championed a transformative motion that promises to revolutionize education and nutrition for every child in the country.
Muriu’s unwavering commitment to quality education and the welfare of young learners has come to fruition, heralding a brighter future for Kenyan children.
At the core of this groundbreaking motion is the substantial increase in capitation for each student, a move set to have profound implications for Kenya’s educational system. The current capitation, a modest Ksh 1,420 per student annually, is now set to surge to a minimum of Ksh 7,760 per student.
The primary aim is to ensure that every learner has not only access to high-quality education but also adequate nutrition, accomplished through the implementation of school feeding programs.
“The heart of my motion is to breathe life into Article 53(1)(b) and (c) of the Kenyan Constitution, affirming the right of every child to quality education and proper nutrition.” says the first time legislator.
“The increase in capitation signifies a massive stride towards realizing these fundamental rights and crucially addresses the pervasive issue of learners attending school on an empty stomach, which significantly hampers their ability to learn.” He adds.
The increase in capitation takes into account the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), a modern, practical, and holistic approach to learning, designed to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.
With the passing of this bold motion, students can fully benefit from the CBC curriculum while also addressing the mounting cost of living that many Kenyan families face.
Additionally, the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) Board has been tasked with approving the implementation of the School Feeding Program in our primary and junior secondary schools.
This move aligns with the principles of Article 27 on non-discrimination and upholds the rights enshrined in Articles 43 and 53 of our Constitution.
The positive impact of this motion is bound to be felt across the country, with expected improvements in academic performance, increased enrollment, and better retention rates in pubilc schools.