Government Releases Sh29.5 Billion For The First Term Of Free Secondary Education

The government has released Sh29.5 billion for the first term of free secondary education.

This is the first tranche of cash in disbursements for the three terms.

Education CS Fred Matiang’i confirmed on Wednesday that some schools had received the money.

“Principals who [will not have received money] by today or tomorrow, will [have it] by Friday or Monday,” he said.

The annual fee for day secondary schools is Sh22,244 per child and will be disbursed in the ratio of 50:30:20. Subsequent disbursements are expected in April and August.

Under the fresh allocation, each student has been allocated Sh11,122 – Sh5,122 for tuition and Sh6,000 for operations.

Previously,  the government catered for Sh12,870 while parents paid the remaining Sh9,374.

The breakdown

A sum of Sh4,792 goes to teaching and learning materials while repairs, maintenance and improvement take up Sh2,886.

Local travel takes Sh1,833, administration costs Sh1,572, electricity, water and conservancy Sh2,151, activity fees Sh1,256, personnel emolument Sh5,755)and medical expenses Sh1,999.

The rollout of the free day secondary education coincides with the implementation of a ministerial policy on text book distribution.

The policy will see every student in public secondary schools receive six text books for core subjects every year. These are English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

“To ensure books are taken to many of the far-flung counties, many of our colleagues worked throughout the holiday season,” Matiang’i said.

He spoke after meeting the steering committee on curriculum reforms at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

Secondary and Tertiary Education director Robert Masese said in a statement that the funds include the cost of the books.

“A portion equivalent to the cost of the six core-course books has been recovered from each learner for payment for the books under the tuition vote item,” he said.

Standard seven and eight pupils in public primary schools are the only ones who will benefit from the text book policy.

Each pupil will receive four text books of English, Kiswahili, Science and Mathematics.

Masese said Treasury allocated Sh7.5 billion for printing and supplying the books.

“Schools are expected to acknowledge receipt of the grant by issuing official receipts to the Principal Secretary for each of the two vote heads, followed by receipts to each student, for the capitation after they have signed the form to be attached to the payment voucher as per accounting procedures.”

Meanwhile, school principals have been reminded to adhere to fees guidelines provided by the ministry.

“For avoidance of doubt, all national and extra-county schools in Mombasa, Nakuru, Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret will charge Sh53,554. Any other boarding school will charge Sh40,435,” Masese said.

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