Government Releases Sh16.8B Capitation To Schools.
The National Government has released Sh16.8 billion to primary and secondary schools.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha stated that Sh2.11 billion will be used to support primary school students, while the remaining Sh14.7 billion will be used to support secondary school students.
Prof Magoha said after commissioning tuition blocks at Kapsabet Boys High School that principals should keep all their learners at their respective schools to ensure no class time is lost during the shortened academic calendar, which he noted is only 9 weeks.
“Principals should refrain from sending students home because of money. Instead, they should dialogue with parents of learners with fee balances to find a practical way of clearing any arrears,” he said
The Education CS asked principals to use government capitation money while waiting for parents to clear fees, adding that the government will be forced to take action against principals who continue to send students home for school fees.
“It is criminal to send a child from a Day school home yet it’s 100 per cent free. If we catch any principal doing that, we will not be diplomatic. Sometimes you are sending a child to abject poverty,” he stressed
On Competence Based Curriculum (CBC), Prof Magoha urged contractors building schools to have Phase One of all classrooms ready by the first week of March so that when students begin exams, their focus is solely on exams.
“As far as CBC is concerned, we are doing well. Am very happy because we are progressing on well according to the stipulated time,” he said.
He praised the parents and students of Kapsabet Boys for the discipline displayed by the 2000 students, noting that such self-control is not easy to achieve.
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The Education CS, who was accompanied by Nandi County Commissioner Herman Shambi and other stakeholders, asked head teachers to destroy success cards with politicians’ portraits on them that had been sent to students by politicians.
“This term being the shortest, there will be no schools’ visits. We want our learners to concentrate with their studies and prepare well for the national examinations,” he said.