Govt allocates KSh1 billion to decongest public schools in Nairobi

Education CS Dr Ezekiel Machogu who addressed the The Senate Committee on Education

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has allocated KSh1 billion to Nairobi County for the construction of 1,000 classrooms in the current Financial Year 2023/24.

Each constituency in Nairobi County received KSh58,823,529, and the ministry will construct 3,500 additional classrooms over three years.

This was revealed by Education CS Ezekiel Machogu who addressed the The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by Murang’a Senator Joe Nyutu on the issue of congestion in Nairobi County schools.

The CS outlined the Government’s commitment to improving infrastructure in the county.

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“The Ministry’s focus is on ensuring that all schools have adequate infrastructure to accommodate students. Funding for infrastructure comes from various sources, including State capitation, parental contributions, and the Infrastructure Fund disbursed by the Ministry,” the CS said.

CS for Education Ezekiel Machogu and Nairobi Governor Sakaja Johnson at the Nairobi region education stakeholders and partners conference held at Kenya Institute for Special Education on March 28.

The CS acknowledged the problem’s severity, noting that Nairobi County’s rapid population growth and limited public school options contribute to the crisis. Currently, only 31 per cent of the schools in Capital City schools are public, compared to 69 per cent private.

Mwiki Primary one of the congested schools in Nairobi.

The CS emphasised that the Ministry will assess school conditions and enrolment figures to ensure resources are distributed equitably nationwide, addressing infrastructure needs where they are most acute.

Nominated Member of the Senate Maureen Mutinda Tabitha had pressed the Government for specific actions regarding the county, particularly Mwiki Primary School.

By Obegi Malack

obegimalack@gmail.com

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