Government is keen on ensuring schools are adequately funded for smooth running, says DP Gachagua

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has assured the school heads of the government commitment in ensuring that funds reach schools to ensure smooth running of operations.

The DP while speaking at the on-going annual 47th Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) Conference and Exhibition at Sheikh Zayed Hall in Mombasa on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 emphasized the government’s dedication to ensure the education sector is well catered for.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua Basic Education Dr Belio Kipsang’ among other participants at the on-going KESSHA conference in Mombasa. Photo by Collins Okong’o

“Regarding capitation, we face challenges with a tight fiscal space, escalating public debt, and diminishing revenue. We receive money from taxpayers, and we allocate it to you. When there’s a delay in receiving, there’s a delay in disbursement. We are doing our best to release the funds on time and will work together within the limited space,” he said.


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At the same time, he appealed to teachers and educational associations, including KESSHA, KUPPET, KNUT, and KUSNET, to support government efforts in combating the issue of alcohol and substance abuse in schools as well as among school going children across the country.

“Teachers play a critical role in shaping the moral compass of the young ones and society. You have a significant voice. Help us in this fight against illicit alcohol. If you have to drink, do so responsibly so that those who look up to you can emulate the right behaviour. Protect our girls from predators. We count on you as leaders to provide the desired future for our students,” he added.

The DP highlighted the government’s substantial investment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to equip the youth with competitive job market skills in bid to address the ever increasing unemployment rates in the country.

By Vostine Ratemo

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