Sh2.5bn is re­leased to pri­mary schools

PS says Sh6.4bn for se­condary schools to be sent by Fri­day

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Ouma Wan­zala owan­zala@ke.na­tion­media.com

Sh2.5 bil­lion has been re­leased to schools as cap­i­ta­tion for free pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion just a day after the start of third term.

Ed­u­ca­tion Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Bel­lio Kis­pang said Sh6.4bil­lion for sub­sidised se­condary ed­u­ca­tion will be re­leased to schools by Fri­day.

There are about 23,000 pri­mary and 9,000 se­condary schools across the coun­try.

The re­lease of the funds on time is set to ease the bur­den that school heads have been go­ing through due to reg­u­lar de­lays that have some­times lead­ing to a clash with sup­pli­ers who de­mand prompt pay­ment.

“We want learn­ing for this term to go on smoothly with­out any hitches,” said Dr Kip­sang.

Two weeks ago, the gov­ern­ment re­leased about 18 per cent of last term’s cap­i­ta­tion after de­lay, a move that paral­ysed man­age­ment of most schools in sec­ond term.

Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment sched­ule, it re­leases 50 per cent of the cap­i­ta­tion in first term, 30 per cent in sec­ond term and 20 per cent in third term.

The gov­ern­ment al­lo­cates Sh32 bil­lion for sub­sidised se­condary school ed­u­ca­tion and Sh14 bil­lion for free pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion an­nu­ally.

The schools which re­opened on Mon­day will close on Oc­to­ber 29 to al­low for the start of na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions in Novem­ber for Class Eight and Form Four.

The fees struc­tures for the dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of public se­condary schools in­di­cate that the gov­ern­ment pays a sub­sidy of Sh12,870 while par­ents pay Sh53,554 for those in board­ing schools while those in day schools a par­ent is sup­posed to pay Sh9,370.

Par­ents with chil­dren in spe­cial schools are re­quired to pay Sh37,210 while the gov­ern­ment pays Sh32,600.

For pri­mary schools, the gov­ern­ment pays Sh1,420 per child per year.

Kenya Se­condary School heads as­so­ci­a­tion (KESSHA) chair­man Kahi Indimuli said re­lease of cap­i­ta­tion on time will en­able schools to plan ef­fec­tively. “We are go­ing to have ex­am­i­na­tion this term and early re­lease will make us move for­ward as planned,” said Mr Indimuli.

Kenya Pri­mary schools heads as­so­ci­a­tion Shem Ndolo echoed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments say­ing they will pay sup­pli­ers on time.

“Since 2013, schools have in­creased en­rol­ment from 2.9 mil­lion to 3.9 mil­lion in early child­hood de­vel­op­ment (ECD), 9.9 mil­lion to 10.1 mil­lion pupils in pri­mary schools and 2.1 mil­lion to 2.6 mil­lion in se­condary schools. The num­ber of spe­cial needs ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents from 107,000 to 132, 000,” said Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta last week.

At the same time, Elimu Yetu Coali­tion has asked Kenya Na­tional Union of Teach­ers (Knut) to ac­cord learn­ers a good time as they pre­pare for ex­am­i­na­tion.knut has threat­ened to call for a strike if an­nual in­cre­ment to teach­ers is not re­stored.

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