Ksh31 Billion Disbursed to Schools Ahead of New Term


Ksh31.34 billion has been released by the National Treasury ahead of the reopening of schools next week.

“In preparation for school opening next week, the National Treasury today (Wednesday) released Sh31.34 billion,” said State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed, in a statement posted in X, formerly Twitter.

In a breakdown released by Mohamed, the Department for Basic Education will receive Sh4.74 billion for first term’s Free Primary Education (FPE) and another Sh7.6 billion for Junior Secondary School (JSS).

At the same time, the Government released Sh2.8 billion for school examination and invigilation fees. Another Sh16.2 billion will go towards Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE).

The disbursement comes against the backdrop of concerns that the Government has not been adequately funding schools.

On Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024, Opposition Leader, Raila Odinga called for immediate release of billions of monies owed to schools before a new term starts next week to allow the education sector to run smoothly.

Raila said in a statement that the Government must release capitation at the approved rate of Sh22,244 per child for the financial year 2023/2024.

He also regretted that head teachers are struggling to meet the basic resourcing needs of their schools owing to shortage of funds.

“As schools await opening, most parents are struggling with the reality of increased school fees of between Sh40,000 and Sh90,000 in the fee structures they have received from government secondary schools. The school fees bill is way beyond the reach of most parents,” said Raila.

He accused President William Ruto of lying to parents, teachers and children that his administration had increased allocation to the education sector and enhanced capitation but learning will resume next week to different realities.

Below requirement

“The truth is that at the end of the Third Term of the 2022/23 Financial Year alone, government subsidy for FDSE fell way below requirement. The government’s own data indicate that the country had 3,690,376 learners who required Sh82 billion in funding. But the government approved only Sh64.4 billion,” said Raila.

Of this approved amount, he stated that only Sh64.4 billion was disbursed to schools, leaving a deficit of about Sh17.6 billion, which left some 794,231 students without any form of funding.

In the Financial Year 2022/23, Raila stated that the Ruto administration disbursed Sh17, 339 instead of Sh22,244 per child.

He said Ruto owes each child on this programme some Sh4,905 and that the total money owed to schools from the Financial Year 2022/2023 is Sh18.1 billion.

In the 2023/24 Financial Year, Raila stated that the Ruto administration disbursed Sh3,327.87 per child instead of Sh22, 244, a mere 14 per cent of the required amount and that he owes each child some Sh18,916, 13 or 85 per cent of what is needed.

Big disconnect

Raila stated that Ruto owes secondary schools a total of Sh69.8 billion. It is not even clear whether the paltry 14 per cent said to have been disbursed has actually been discharged. There is a big disconnect between what the government says and what is actually implemented,” he stated.

He also said that failure to release full capitation to all schools is affecting learning differently across the country, even as he dismissed that the Government has enhanced any funding for free education.

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