Elite schools re­ceive lion's share of funds as oth­ers strug­gle

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY OUMA WAN­ZALA

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Are­port by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has ex­posed the skewed al­lo­ca­tion of funds for in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment in sec­ondary schools across the coun­try.

De­spite some of the coun­try’s top na­tional schools en­joy­ing state-of-the-art in­fra­struc­ture, they have con­tin­ued to re­ceive the bulk of the in­fra­struc­ture bud­get of up to Sh60 mil­lion ev­ery year since the 2013/2014 fi­nan­cial year.

This is at the ex­pense of less-equipped ex­tra-county, county and sub-county schools, which re­ceive as lit­tle as Sh1 mil­lion per year, rais­ing con­cerns re­gard­ing gov­ern­ment com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing in­fra­struc­ture to at­tain the 100 per cent tran­si­tion from pri­mary to sec­ondary school.

“In the 2013/2014 fi­nan­cial year, 29 schools which were up­graded to na­tional school sta­tus re­ceived Sh25 mil­lion each mak­ing a to­tal of Sh725 mil­lion as in­fra­struc­ture grants,” reads the re­port.

How­ever, in the same fi­nan­cial year, 54 sec­ondary schools were col­lec­tively al­lo­cated Sh52.6 mil­lion for in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, with a ma­jor­ity of them re­ceiv­ing be­tween Sh800,000 and Sh1 mil­lion per year.

The re­port fur­ther in­di­cates that, in the fi­nan­cial year 2014/2015, 25 na­tional schools re­ceived Sh25 mil­lion each mak­ing a to­tal of Sh625 mil­lion af­ter they were el­e­vated to na­tional school sta­tus.

Most pres­ti­gious

But dur­ing the same fi­nan­cial year, four top na­tional schools re­ceived a to­tal of Sh250 mil­lion to de­velop their in­fra­struc­ture.

Of the four schools, Al­liance Girls and Al­liance Boys, two of the coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, re­ceived Sh70mil­lion each while Le­nana School re­ceived Sh50 mil­lion and Kapsa­bet Boys High School Sh60 mil­lion.

Again, in the 2015/2016 fi­nan­cial year, these four schools re­ceived more al­lo­ca­tion from the gov­ern­ment than the rest of the schools across the coun­try.

Al­liance Girls and Al­liance Boys re­ceived Sh70.3 mil­lion each for up­grad­ing of their in­fra­struc­ture. Le­nana School and Kas­pa­bet Boys also re­ceived Sh70.3 mil­lion each dur­ing that fi­nan­cial year.

In con­trast, 238 sec­ondary schools across the coun­try re­ceived a to­tal of Sh300 mil­lion as in­fra­struc­ture sup­port grants from the gov­ern­ment dur­ing the same fi­nan­cial year.

Ma­jor­ity of these schools re­ceived Sh1 mil­lion each.

A few lucky schools such as Muhoho Boys in Ki­ambu county re­ceived Sh15 mil­lion, Butere Girls in Kakamega county re­ceived Sh10 mil­lion while Chep­tiret sec­ondary re­ceived Sh5 mil­lion dur­ing that fi­nan­cial year.

Lucky schools

An­other 43 schools re­ceived Sh260 mil­lion to im­prove their in­fra­struc­ture in 2015/2016 with most of them get­ting about Sh4mil­lion each.

Be­sides Al­liance Boys, Al­liance Girls, Le­nana and Kapsa­bet Boys, Kisii School in Kisii County was an­other of the big ben­e­fi­cia­ries as it was al­lo­cated Sh50 mil­lion along­side Meru School which got Sh10 mil­lion and Bishop Ga­timu Ngandu (Sh10 mil­lion).

In the 2016/2017 fi­nan­cial year, 327 schools were al­lo­cated a to­tal of Sh939 mil­lion to im­prove their in­fra­struc­ture with ma­jor­ity get­ting a mere Sh1 mil­lion.

Some of the lucky schools such as Moi Girls El­doret re­ceived Sh50 mil­lion, Loreto Girls (Sh30 mil­lion), Butere Girls (Sh15 mil­lion), Limuru Girls (Sh10 mil­lion) while Mary Hill school got Sh12 mil­lion.

This time round, Le­nana School got Sh15 mil­lion while Nairobi School and Nyam­baria Girls in Nyamira county got Sh10 mil­lion each.

In the 2017/2018 fi­nan­cial year, 880 schools were al­lo­cated a to­tal of Sh1.97 bil­lion for in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment with Mama Ngina Girls in Mom­basa county get­ting Sh100 mil­lion while ma­jor­ity of the schools re­ceived an av­er­age of Sh1 mil­lion each.

This year, a to­tal of 999,371 form one stu­dents are ex­pected to join ex­tra county, county and sub­county schools as com­pared to 30,000 who were se­lected to join 103 na­tional schools.

To achieve 100 per cent tran­si­tion, a to­tal of 128,838 stu­dents are ex­pected to join ex­tra coun­ties schools while county schools are ex­pected to ad­mit 148,215 stu­dents.

Sub — county schools are re­quired to ad­mit the high­est num­ber at 722,318 while spe­cial needs schools take in 1,626 stu­dents.

Equal dis­burse­ment

Ac­cord­ing to Ed­u­ca­tion Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Amina Mo­hamed, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­ceived a to­tal of Sh5.47 bil­lion dur­ing the 2016/2017 fi­nan­cial year.

“This amount was ini­tially al­lo­cated to the na­tional gov­ern­ment con­stituency de­vel­op­ment fund for equal dis­burse­ment to each of the 290 con­stituen­cies for spec­i­fied school in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try,” said Ms Mo­hamed in the re­port.

She went on: “Each con­stituency re­ceived all the funds that were due to it. Sh3.48 bil­lion was dis­bursed to the con­stituen­cies with each con­stituency re­ceiv­ing Sh12 mil­lion. This amount was dis­trib­uted to sec­ondary schools nom­i­nated by Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment.”

She said a bal­ance of Sh1.99 bil­lion was dis­bursed to needy schools across the coun­try. A to­tal of 2,576 sec­ondary schools across the coun­try ben­e­fited from the funds.

She said re­quest for fund­ing by schools must have sup­port­ing doc­u­ments in­clud­ing min­utes from the re­spec­tive County Ed­u­ca­tion Board (CEB).

A re­cent re­port by Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko re­vealed that 85 na­tional schools that were up­graded are not at­tract­ing stu­dents. Mr Ouko dis­closed that they lacked ad­e­quate dor­mi­to­ries, li­braries and teach­ers among other cru­cial in­fra­struc­ture.

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