The latest revelation that publicÂ schoolsÂ have not receivedÂ freeÂ learningÂ funds, three weeks after reopening, is disheartening
Last year, the Ministry of Education promisedÂ schoolÂ heads that the money would be deposited in theirÂ schoolÂ accounts by December 2018
The latest revelation that publicÂ schoolsÂ have not receivedÂ freeÂ learningÂ funds, three weeks after reopening, is disheartening. Last year, the Ministry of Education promisedÂ schoolÂ heads that the money would be deposited in theirÂ schoolÂ accounts by December 2018. Unfortunately, the promise was not fulfilled andÂ schoolsÂ are facing severe financial crisis.
According to the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education (Kuppet) and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), many publicÂ schoolsÂ are operating on a shoestring budget. Principals are unable to runÂ schoolsÂ due toÂ failureÂ by the Government to remit theÂ fundsÂ for this term.
Regrettably, since introduction ofÂ FreeÂ Primary Education and Subsidized Secondary Education,Â disbursementÂ ofÂ fundsÂ has lacked consistency of 50 per cent, 30 per cent, 20 per cent for first term, second term and third term respectively.
EpilepticÂ disbursementÂ has caused untold suffering to suppliers, subordinate staff, BoM teachers, learners, administrators and coordinators of extra-curricular activities. Worse still, the Government has never considered increasing the allocations despite the astronomical rise in the cost of living and inflationary changes.
With introduction of Value Added Tax on books and newspapers with effect from September 1, 2013 and other commodities in the 2018/2019 budget, the Government ought to increase the allocation pro rata. Statistics indicate that 873,462 out of 1,052,364 candidates who sat the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam have been admitted to secondaryÂ school, which translate to 83 per cent.
Meanwhile, in as much as the Government wants to achieve 100 per cent transition to secondaryÂ school, the glaring shortage of teachers in many publicÂ schoolsÂ continue to profoundly affect performance in national exams.
The Government must up its game by employing more teachers to cater for increased enrolment of students. GovernmentÂ failureÂ toÂ disburseÂ theÂ fundsÂ on time will alsoÂ hurtÂ the newly introduced Competency-Based Curriculum.
In summary, sustainableÂ disbursementÂ ofÂ freeÂ learningÂ fundsÂ must be maintained or else the Big Four Agenda and Vision 2030 will become a mirage. The time to walk the talk is now.Â
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