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Kenyatta Urges Partnerships to Enhance Education Access

January 22, 2014

Anthony Langat

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to embrace Private Public Partnerships to enhance the financing the education sector. The President said without a working partnership, it would be difficult to address the problems of access, equity, quality and the current heavy household financial burden in education. He noted that due to many demands on exchequer resources, investment by the Government alone would limit access to education. "This is why Public Private Partnerships has been adopted widely internationally over the last two decades to complement government initiatives and ensure greater access to education," he said during the commissioning of the Equity Group Foundation , USaid UKaid and Kfw 2000 "Wings to Fly" scholars for the 2014 intake at the Kasarani Sports Centre in Nairobi . The government invests 6.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) annually on education per year, which translates to about Sh160 billion. Kenyatta said education remained the best investment a nation could make to build a prosperous, healthy and equitable society and thus his government was prepared to invest more resources in the sector in the coming years. He challenged the beneficiaries of the "Wings to Fly" scholarship to excel saying this was the only way they could demonstrate their appreciation for the support they have received through the programme. He urged them to focus on their studies and avoid activities and practices that may compromise their ability to achieve their dreams.


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Source: AllAfrica


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