Ministry of Education disburses Sh3 billion for free primary and secondary education

By Standard Digital Reporter

NAIROBI, KENYA: Ministry of education has disbursed over Sh3 billion for free education in school’s second term programme.

The funds were transmitted to respective bank accounts of all public primary and secondary schools on May 24.

Communication from the Ministry of Education says about Sh2 billion has gone towards the Free Primary Education (FPE) to cater for 8,754,143 pupils which constitute 21 per cent of the Second Term capitation.

Shs1 billion which constitute 8 per cent of the second term capitation has gone towards the Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) programme to cater for 1,982,460 students.  

“The Ministry has disbursed the amount in question to public schools pending further allocation of the remaining over Shs5 billion to complete the current financial year’s Government commitment to FPE and FDSE,” says Ministry’s Permanent Secretary George Godia.

“Of this amount, Shs2 billion for FDSE will be released to schools once Parliament approves the revised estimates anytime now,” he says.

The Government will meet the balance Shs3 billion for FDSE and Shs7 billion for FPE in July 2013.

The PS pointed out that the cumulative FPE and FDSE funds the Government has already disbursed during the current financial year is about Sh23 billion.

“The amount includes Shs8 billion FPE grants and Sh14 billion for the FDSE. This therefore means that the Government has already disbursed 91 per cent of the total capitation due for FPE and 78 per cent of the total capitation for FDSE during this financial year.”

He called upon all school heads to conspicuously display on public notice boards within schools’ premises, the funds received and how they are spent.

Meanwhile, the PS said the Ministry is making wide-ranging consultations a head of the launch of the Laptops for Primary School programme in January next year. The Ministry is exploring the best model for implementation drawing lessons from the best practices globally.

In this regard he said a holistic and comprehensive model consisting of critical components for integrating ICT in teaching and learning has been proposed.