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Sh7 billion set aside for free secondary education

By Patrick Beja | Published Tue, June 20th 2017 at 00:00, Updated June 19th 2017 at 22:13 GMT +3
Education PS Belio Kipsang and Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman Indimuli Kahi in Mombasa on Monday. [Gideon Maundu, Standard]

The Government has set aside Sh7 billion to improve infrastructure in Jubilee’s plan to offer free secondary education next year.

Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang yesterday said the World Bank will inject in another Sh20 billion to ensure quality is not affected.

Dr Kipsang, who addressed over 8,000 secondary school heads during the 42nd annual Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha) conference in Mombasa said, the Government is committed to increase access to education.

He said the Government allocation will be used to expand 2,000 classrooms, 1,000 laboratories and 1,000 sanitary facilities among other projects.

Kipsang said the World Bank will give its donation in January. “Our children will benefit from free quality education from January next year. No one will be left out,” said the PS.

Also present during the function were Vocational and Technical Training PS Dinah Mwinzi, Kessha chairman Indimuli Kahi and the Kenya Institution of Curriculum Development (KICD) director Juan Ouma among others.

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President Kenyatta and Education CS Fred Matiang’i are expected to address the principals today.

Mr Elyas Abdi, the director for projects co-ordination and delivery in the ministry of Education, said the World Bank will fund the Secondary Education Improvement Programme’ for six years.

Abdi said the money will fund science, mathematics and English subjects as well as the school infrastructure.

“Formulation of this programme will be finalised in the next two months and it will roll out in January 2018,” he said.

Infrastructure will take up about 40 per cent while Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) will be allocated Sh1.2 billion. The project management and co-ordination will get Sh800 million while books will cost Sh1.3 billion.

Kipsang said the ministry will soon establish an institution to train school heads on management. At the Kenya School of Education, the principals will to trained on among others, procurement.

Kahi called on principals to campaign for peaceful elections. “Use your contacts to reach out to politicians and urge them to keep peace,” Kahi told the school heads.