The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) members from Budalangi constituency, Busia County have decried the low amount of Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) capitation funds being disbursed to schools.
The teachers, led by Busia County Director of Education (CDE) Ekaale Ekaliyo during a consultation meeting on October 4, 2023, said that there was urgent need for the national government and Ministry of Education (MoE) to increase the capitation monies to facilitate the smooth running of free secondary education.
Ekaliyo observed that the running of the schools has been faced with scores of challenges occasioned by the high cost of living.
The team also resolved to work closely with the Ministry of Interior to have all parents avail the requisite documents to ensure all learners are registered on NEMIS to curb the rising cases of dropouts and truancy among students, especially candidates.
Ekaliyo regretted that the worrying trend not only occurs in Bunyala but also in the county at large, hence called for a multi-agency approach between schools’ administration, parents, local political and National Government Administration Officers leadership to work on modalities to improve attendance and achievement levels for all students and candidates in particular.
He further noted that to curb teenage pregnancies and the runaway dropout rates, there was need for schools to enhance the effectiveness of guidance and counseling services in addition to student-to-student talk on positive behavior change.
At the same time, the CDE called on the inter-governmental county technical working committee to spearhead possible solutions to teenage pregnancy, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, HIV and child abuse among school children.
By Gilbert Ochieng’
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