CS Machogu assures schools will not close due to lack of capitation

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu at Henry Koskey Kibukwo Mixed Secondary School recently.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has assured that the government would ensure the timely release of capitation funds to schools to avoid stalling of operations.

The CS while speaking to the media yesterday, June 4, 2024 revealed that either secondary or primary school in the country will close due to a shortage of capitation funds.

“There are no schools which are closing for lack of capitation. I want to assure you that last term the Ministry was able to give the 50 per cent required capitation in the current financial year,” the CS said.

He further assured that the government is actively working to address any financial challenges that schools may face. This includes finding solutions to ensure schools have the necessary resources to provide quality education.


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Machogu’s assurance comes as a relief to many parents and teachers who were worried about the potential closure of schools due to financial issues.

Most schools have been under pressure from suppliers for defaulting on payments.  Fearing that delayed disbursements may compromise the quality of education in the country, with day secondary schools, which fully depend on capitation, bearing the biggest brunt.

The government is supposed to allocate KSh22, 244 annually per learner, which is disbursed in instalments of 50 per cent in the first term, 30 per cent in the second term and 20 per cent in the third term. This has not been the case for the last two years.

By Vostine Ratemo

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