Kenyan families need to dig deeper into their pockets to buy school supplies – survey
NAIROBI, Kenya, August 18 – Kenyan families will spend more of their monthly income on school supplies, according to a survey by global company World Remit.
The survey showed that Kenyan families will spend more than 1.75 times their monthly household income on school supplies.
The annual study which was first launched in August 2021 compares the average cost of basic education needs with average annual income and fertility rates to determine the financial impact families will experience when purchasing school items.
The increase in school supplies should affect many households that are currently struggling with the high cost of living.
Of the eleven countries included in the 2022 study, Zimbabwe reported the highest education costs relative to average family size.
“In Zimbabwe, the costs of sending a family’s children’s home to school this year will cost more than 6 times the average household income,” reads the study’s report.
Kenya, Morocco, Ghana and Guatemala should spend more than 100% of their monthly income on school supplies.
Moroccan families with an average of 2.29 children will spend 50% of their total monthly income on basic school supplies for each child.
For Ghanaian families, the purchase of shoes for their school children will be the item on which they will spend the most money, as this represents 25% of the amount of school supplies they will buy.
In Cameroon, the costs of sending a household of children to school this year will cost families nearly 4 times their monthly income while in Ghana, basic shoes for school-going children are the biggest expense. high, accounting for nearly 25% of all costs this year. .
Schools in Kenya reopened on Thursday after a break they took as the country headed into the 2022 general election period.