Gov’t releases Ksh6B capitation funds to primary schools countrywide

Disbursement Basic Education PS capitation

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The government has released Ksh6 billion Free Primary Education (FPE) capitation funds for term 3 to public primary schools across the country.

In a memo REF: MOE, DBE/6/2/3/26 dated September 6, 2023 addressing Regional Directors of Education County Directors of Education and Sub-County Directors of Education, Basic Education Principal Secretary (PS) Dr. Belio Kipsang disclosed that the sum has been deposited in all public schools across the country.

“The government has released Ksh146.20 per learner for Account 1 which has been deposited into respective schools’ accounts. Ksh137.80 per learner has been released into respective schools’ Account 2,” the memo read in part.

For Account 1, the sum will be distributed as follows; supplementary readers Ksh43.86, Text books maintenance will receive Ksh4.39, for exercise books the sum is Ksh61.41, reference materials have been allocated Ksh21.93, stationery Ksh14.62 with every learner getting Ksh146.20.

For Account 2, the disbursement has been categorised as follows; Support Staff wages (SSW) Ksh40.58, renovation of classroom, building of toilets, repairs, maintenance and improvement (RMI) of physical facilities Ksh20.67.

Activity has been allocated Ksh15.15, local transport and travelling (LT and T) Ksh6.89, Electricity water and conservancy Ksh12.40, telephone /postage/box rental will get Ksh3.38.

Environmental and sanitation will get Ksh11.02, capacity building and meetings will get Ksh16.54, contingencies Ksh3.65, Science and Applied Technology Ksh2.76, ICT infrastructure materials Ksh4.75 and the total in this account is Ksh137.80 per student.

The PS directed the CDEs to ensure that the information is availed to all public primary schools head teachers in their jurisdiction to enable them utilize the funds as outlined.

“SCDEs should receive acknowledgements from schools upon receipt of funds, prepare summaries of funds received by every school and forward the same to their respective CDEs who will in turn forward the same to Director Primary Education within 2 weeks. SCDEs should also regularly monitor utilization of these funds in order to ensure strict adherence to the Ministry’s guidelines,” the memo noted.

Dr. Kipsang asked the headteachers to use the data from NEMIS to disburse the funds as well as to update the student enrolment on NEMIS.

“All head teachers shall ensure that information on receipt of capitation grant is displayed on the school notice boards and the budget tabled and discussed in Board of Management (BOM) meetings,” the memo read in part.

This comes as a relief to heads of schools after a long wait for the money since the institutions opened for term three.

Last term the primary schools received a capitation of another Ksh4.6 billion to support Free Primary Education.

By Vostine Ratemo

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