Capitation funds disbursed for JSS too little, Headteachers tell Govt

President William Ruto addresses JSS students at a past function.

Headteachers now want the government to increase the Free Day Junior Secondary Education (FDJSE) funds for Junior Secondary School (JSS) students.

The teachers, who sought anonymity, lamented that the money that was released was too little to run the schools.

The government released Ksh7.6 billion for the schools to cater for capitation for Term 1 where each school will receive Ksh69,596 with every student being allocated Ksh3,291.

In a memo addressed to County Directors of Education (CDEs) and signed by Basic Education Principal Secretary (PS) Belio Kipsang, each school’s Ksh22,625 will go towards rental box and postage, telephone charges, Board of Management meetings and capacity building.

Ksh3,000 will go towards catering for water, electricity and conservancy. To improve internet connectivity in schools, each school was allocated Ksh9,375 while Ksh33,150 will go to personnel emoluments.

In the breakdown per learner, Ksh800 will go towards repair and maintenance, Ksh130 to administrative costs and Ksh250 for co-curricular activities.

Each student will use Ksh917 to acquire textbooks and supplementary readers, Ksh150 for materials required during practicals and Ksh500 for stationery and writing materials.

Kipsang’ called on all school heads to acknowledge receipt of the funds by issuing official school receipts to the Principal Secretary for both tuition and operation accounts with copies to the Sub and County Directors of Education.

Further, JSSs were directed not to enter into any financial contracts such as hire purchase without approval from the Cabinet Secretary.

By Obegi Malack [obegimalack@gmail.com]

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