The government, through the Ministry of Education, has announced that it has taken measures to deal with the crisis ahead of the reopening of schools.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has assured school heads that there will be no shortage of cash when students resume classes next week.
Appearing before members of parliament on Thursday, 7 October, Magoha assured lawmakers that the government would distribute funds to schools before classes resume.
They said they were working round the clock to ensure that by Tuesday, October 12, 17 billion would be in the accounts of public schools.
“Schools will open on Tuesday next week. I assure you that the requirement of Ksh17 billion will be available before then,” the CS said.
Magoha further warned the school heads against sending students away because of fee zones.
“No child should be charged extra and no child should be sent home. If you have such matters, bring them to our attention. I am sure the Teachers Service Commission will take action,” remarked Magoha.
However, he asked parents to do so, who are able to pay school fees for their children, as they play a vital role in funding development projects in schools.
Notably, the CS clarified that his ministry has done good work in the past and assured the Members of Parliament that it would not be a difficult task to execute.
“The ministry is making regular interventions by way of funding under the Free Day Secondary Education capitation to enable schools to maintain, improve and expand their infrastructure,” the cabinet secretary said.
On Tuesday, 5 October, school heads expressed concern that school operations were likely to come to a halt due to insufficient funding.
He requested the government to release the advance funds for smooth running of the school.