American singer Selena Gomez has challenged President Kenyatta to fulfill a key pledge on education he made in 2018.
In a post on her Twitter page on Thursday, Gomez indicated she recently concluded a tour to Kenya and in the process learned that the promise made by Kenyatta to increase the education budget was yet to be delivered.
During the Global Citizen Concert in December 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Uhuru said his administration would increase funding on education from 17 percent to 30 percent of the national budget.
"Many global citizens have called upon my administration to maintain its education budget above 20% of our total budget but I want to go one step further.”
"This year I pledge to you that in Kenya, our education budget will be closer to 30% of our total budget, making it probably the highest on the African continent," Uhuru announced.
The Ministry of Education was allocated Sh473.4 billion of the Sh3.03 trillion national budget for the 2019-2020 financial year, translating to 15.4%.
"President Kenyatta, at the Global Citizens Festival in South Africa, promised to increase spending in education from 17% to an impressive 30% of the national budget, but we haven't seen progress or received an update on this yet," Gomez said in a video.
“So we need to make sure it’s front of mind for the president and minister of education and that it’s delivered upon.”
Education changes lives. I recently traveled to Kenya with @wemovement and witnessed firsthand the importance of quality education. I’m supporting @GlblCtzn to call on Kenya to keep its promise to every Kenyan child. https://t.co/hiIJOZA4jM pic.twitter.com/xXGVArlXLr
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) March 4, 2020