APBET Schools Seek Faster Registration To Access Gov’t Funds.
Kenya National Alternative Providers for Basic Education and Training (APBET) school administrators have urged the national government to expedite school registrations across the country.
Juma Lubambo, National Secretary General of APBET, stated that the organization has 2,800 schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu counties that provide basic education to thousands of students.
Lubambo, on the other hand, stated that only 76 schools in Mombasa and Kisumu have been registered, while the majority are waiting for the Ministry of Education to expedite the process in accordance with the APBET policy, 2015.
He was speaking while flanked by other officials at a meeting between APBET school managers and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, during which they promised to assist in raising their grievances with authorities.
“Most of our schools are ready for registration and we urge the ministry to fast-track the process because many have met the minimum requirement under the policy to be eligible for the registration,” added Lubambo.
Among those who spoke at the event at Mombasa Women Hall were Nyali subcounty representative Francis Kitima and his Jomvu counterpart, Rose Owino.
The registration, according to the informal school managers, will also allow them to access funding from the national government to provide learners with basic free education.
They claimed that they had played a critical role in ensuring that the presidential directive on 100 percent transition was met in urban informal settlements.
They also stated that their institutions have effectively supplemented public schools in ensuring that Kenyan children have access to basic education as envisioned by the Basic Education Act of 2013 and the Constitution.
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Lubambo told the forum that they want their schools to be recognized by the National Council for Nomadic Education (NACONEK), along with other schools in arid and semi-arid areas.
The APBET school administrators also urged the 47 county governments to consider funding their institutions, particularly Early Childhood Education (ECD) centers.
“Indeed our schools have enabled children from less privileged background to access basic education despite the many challenges we encounter in our operations,” they added
He stated that their school provides low-cost education to residents of urban informal families on a tight budget.
Lubambo stated that they have met with county governments to pitch requests, including the possibility of receiving funding through the Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) program.