Schools Grappling With Cash Crunch After Government Directive.
Due to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s policy on 100% form one transition, many high schools across the nation are experiencing financial difficulties.
Principals who spoke to Citizen TV on Monday, June 20, claimed that because the government had not yet released the funds, their institutions were currently in debt.
The decision by some suppliers to leave their institutions in light of the current financial crisis alarmed the school heads.
The impacted principals noted that unpaid bills at their institutions have taken a toll and are now posing a threat to the continuity of regular operations.
“We have not received money under the current form one students in our schools. Finding a way to fill the gap in terms of financing the difference is a challenge,” one principal told Citizen TV.
George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, stated in January that the ministry had given primary and secondary schools a capitation of up to Ksh16 billion and urged administrators not to expel students for not paying their school fees.
“One thing that we also do is that we always love our children and the government is doing everything to ensure there is capitation of every child in public schools and we always ensure that that money is in schools before they open,” Magoha explained.
President Uhuru’s order for a 100 percent form one transition was maintained, according to Magoha, who released the final Kenya Secondary Certificate Examination (KSCE) in April.
According to the “100% transition policy,” President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has persisted in pushing for all KCPE candidates to enroll in Form One and continue on to Form 4.
Magoha said he is proud to have led the initiatives that resulted in the seamless transition of the two KCPE cohorts (2019 and 2020).
Due to this, there will be 3.5 million secondary school students enrolled by 2022, up from 1.3 million in 2008.
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In order to keep students in school, he also revealed that the government had raised money and sent it to secondary schools.
The government has made conscious efforts to make education both affordable and accessible. Free Day Secondary School Learning. This has been proven by the increase in capitation for Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE), which was raised from Ksh12,870 to Ksh22,244.
Thousands of students, many from low-income backgrounds, have been able to attend and complete their secondary education as a result of this, according to Magoha.
Principals claim that despite the CS’s warning not to send the students home, schools are still having difficulty keeping them in class.