Former President Jakaya Kikwete has said that although the government now offers free primary and secondary education, there are still many children who cannot make it to school.
Mr Kikwete said this after participating in a charity walk from Biafra to Leaders’ Club in Kinondoni District in the city yesterday. The event was aimed at raising at least Sh150 million that would be used to support some 500 primary school pupils in the district.
He said the abolition of school fees did not completely lessen the burden that some parents encounter. “Some parents still cannot afford to send their children to school. We must step in to support them,” he said.
The retired Head of State said it was still very challenging for some parents to get school uniform, exercise books, bus fare, food and textbooks for their children.
“Some students fail to attend class not because of school fees but because they have no money for transport, textbooks and other required materials,” he said.