Schools to get funds next week, Magoha says

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha (right) has announced that secondary schools will receive Sh15 billion capitation next week.

He said the money will cover the balances that principals said were source of financial crisis that could threaten administration of national exams.

“We shall release the money next week to schools and therefore no one should try to cause panic or anxiety,” said Prof Magoha on Thursday.

The announcement is a huge relief to 7,000-odd secondary school principals who last week indicated that they may not adequately prepare for the administration of KCPE and KCSE examinations if the cash is not disbursed.

The Ministry of Education released Sh14.6 billion to fund secondary schools and another Sh4.6 billion for primary institutions when schools reopened in January.

The school heads accused the government of withholding huge sums of money, noting it could plunge schools into further crises.

The ministry, however, said the money released was only 25 per cent of the total amount  that should be sent to schools during the First Term.

The government’s financing model of free education is spread in a 50:30:20 ratio meaning that half the money is sent during the First Term, 30 per cent in the Second Term and the balance released in Third Term.

The school managers said that the delayed release of the capitation balance by the government was frustrating the purchase of chemicals for practicals and apparatus for science subjects.

Practical exams

Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chair Kahi Indimuli said any further delay would see thousands of Form Four candidates not sit practical exams.

“As we speak, schools do not have money. The government promised to release the final tranche of 25 per cent by the end of February,” Indimuli said last week.

Indimuli yesterday welcomed the announcement and hoped the money will be wired without fail.

He said preparations for Biology, Physics and Chemistry papers may not be adequate if the government fails to release the money in time.

Indimuli said some schools do not even have critical apparatus that is needed during examinations while some may need the money for minor repairs in laboratories ahead of the examinations.

Some 1,088,986 candidates will sit KCPE exams from March 22 to 24 while another 699,745 will sit KCSE exams which start on March 25.

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