Ministry Of Education Has Released money To Public Institutions To Avert Looming Financial Crisis

The Ministry of Education has released Ksh 17.47 billion to public schools to tide over the financial crisis that could disrupt the academic calendar.

The ministry announced the release of funds on Tuesday, August 3, following complaints from school heads about the lack of funds to run educational institutions effectively.

School heads expressed apprehensions that education would be paralyzed as many schools did not have the resources to run their programmes.

A recent report titled “Teacher Preparedness for Term One 2021 School Reopening” released by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) last month pointed to the financial constraints experienced by schools, saying these challenges pose a threat to the learning process. Have given.

According to the Ministry of Education, Ksh2.63 billion will go to primary schools while Ksh14.85 billion will be given to secondary schools.

After releasing the funds, the ministry asked the school heads to ensure that the learning activities continue uninterrupted during this period.

“Principals are advised to keep all their learners in their respective schools to ensure that no class time is wasted during the shortened academic calendar,” read part of the ministry’s statement.

Further, the school heads were directed to communicate with the parents whose school fees are due to enable smooth functioning in the schools.

“Principals should negotiate fee balances with parents of learners to find practical ways to clear any dues.”

The ministry also issued a stern warning to principals against levying additional fees – noting that such schemes would not be tolerated.

Initially, Education CS George Magoha assured parents that funds would be disbursed within the first week of the reopening.

“Parents need not worry because when you see this, primary education is compulsory and free as per the constitution.

Magoha said at a previous press briefing, “No one pays fees unless it is of their own volition. In case of secondary fees, the government gives 22,244 for day school and boarding catering for every child. “

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