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Education ministry releases Sh32.5 billion for free secondary education

Doris Yiamoi gets a new set of uniform and books from education CS Prof. George Magoha at Ilbissil Girls Secondary School on January 25. Photo by Kurgat Marindany.

The government released Sh32.5 billion to secondary schools to cater for the first term, 2020 and no child should be sent away because of fees.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha, had hinted about the release of the money a fortnight ago at Moi Girls High School, Nairobi.

“The government has sent money for free day secondary today. Do not listen to what other people are saying. No principal is allowed to send children home for lack of fees,” the CS said.

This comes at a time when schools are grappling with high students’ populations occasioned by the 100 percent policy.

Over 92 per cent of the learners who sat for the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education have now reported to Form One following the Ministry’s spirited move to actualize the transition policy.

This comes even as some schools claim the money is yet to hit their accounts.

Disbursement of capitation funds is done on a ratio of 50 per cent for the first term, 30 per cent and 20 per cent in second and third terms respectively, where each student receives at least Sh22,240 every year.

Schools have also been urged to capture all their learners on the National Education Management System (NEMIS) while dispelling rumours that the ministry was planning to do away with Nemis, the CS reaffirmed that the system is ‘here to stay’.

The CS said 92 per cent of last year’s one million students have been admitted in the spirit of 100 per cent transition.

Magoha has been leading the Form One admission mop-up exercise in different parts of the Country.

In Nairobi, on Monday, January 27, 2020, the exercise saw more than 15 students admitted to various schools.

The CS warned schools turning away students for lack of fees that stern action will be taken against them.

Magoha directed schools to follow the stipulated school fee guidelines to the latter.

For all national schools and Extra County schools located in major towns, the maximum fees have been set at Sh75,798 per year.

Of this, the government through its FDSE programme will pay Sh22,244. The remaining balance will be paid by the parent or guardian.

The government will provide capitation for each learner in a boarding school that is equal to capitation for each learner in a day school.

To meet the cost of boarding, parents will pay the boarding fees applicable to different categories of schools.

 

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