Teachers’ Unions Protest Sh50,000 Accounting Officers’ Training Costs.
The teachers’ unions are protesting a circular that Ministry of Education representatives in Trans Nzoia County issued ordering them to remit Sh50,000 for the training of school accountants.
All public boarding schools and secondary schools must remit the money by June 27 through an Equity Bank account in order for the training to take place.
The training will take place in Nakuru, according to the Trans Nzoia schools auditor, Kelvin Onchwari’s circular from June 10.
Full board, transportation, and a Sh5,000 out-of-pocket maximum are all included in the payment.
The conference on international public sector accounting standards (IPSAS) and financial management, scheduled for July 3–8, according to Trans Nzoia Kuppet secretary Lusweti Furaha, is untimely given that the majority of schools are in financial difficulty.
“The Ministry of Education should not force school heads to finance the training at such a huge cost on a short notice, without considering that some of them have financial challenges with pending payments for support staff,” said Mr. Furaha.
He also criticized the venue selection, claiming that it was unfavorable due to the distance and suggesting nearby towns like Busia, where living expenses are lower than in Nakuru.
Instead of making schools pay for such training, Mr. Furaha stated that the ministry should fund them. Most heads will have to ask shylocks for loans in order to meet the requirement.
Principals who requested anonymity told The Nation that the facilitators exaggerated the Sh50,000 facilitation fee, which they believed to be excessive.
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“We have not received capitation fees yet. We are being told to pay Sh50,000 for the conference. With the little money we have, we would rather concentrate on paying workers and teachers,” said one principal.
However, Trans County Director of Education Luke Chebet claimed that the training was for the benefit of the schools and that the amount had been reduced to Sh25,000 as a result of complaints from school heads.