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Sh50m free milk programme launched

By Kese Werugha.

About 800 Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) centres in Kilifi will benefit from a multi-million free milk programme.
Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi (pictured) said the Ksh.50 million project was launched to retain children in pre-primary schools in the area.
The Governor warned teachers and other school staff against misuse of this facility.
“This milk is specifically for ECDE children and not for primary or secondary school children. Stern action would be taken against anyone found consuming this milk,” said Kingi when inaugurating the project in his office.
The first phase of the programme will run throughout the Second term in all the 799 public ECDE centres across the county.
“We are targeting about 89,000 children in this first phase, and focus will shift to the private ECDE centres in the county in the second phase subject to availability of funds,” he added.
In the first phase, the children will each get a 200ml packet of milk twice a week and in the second phase they will be getting a packet every day.
Kilifi County Chief Officer for Education, Emmanuel Katana confirmed that five out of the seven sub-counties in the County have already received their share for distribution.

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