Ministry of Education to release KSh16 billion school capitation next week

PS for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang

State Department for Basic Education Permanent Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang has said that Ministry of Education will next week disburse KSh16 billion capitation for Free Secondary Education.

The amounts translate to 25 per cent of the outstanding capitation owed to public secondary schools by the government.

The PS spoke when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee on Monday March 18.

He was being questioned on the report of the Auditor-General for the year ended June 30, 2022. Dr Kipsang said that the State allocated KSh65 billion for Free Secondary Education capitation in the current financial year adding that 25 per cent of the total capitation amount had been released.

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“This morning, I held discussions with my colleague from the National Treasury, and shortly we are releasing up to 25 per cent of the outstanding capitation amount owed to secondary schools nationwide. Our aim is to ensure that by the end of this quarter, we can disburse 50 per cent,” he said. “We anticipate that the allocated amount will be deposited into respective accounts within the next 10 days.”

Teachers unions and other education stakeholders had warned that the failure of the government to release capitation fees was hindering learning in the institutions.

The PS added, “We can only divide that amount by the number of learners that we have today in our secondary schools standing at 4.2 million. But essentially, if we were to give Sh22,224 a student, then we would only fund 3.2 million children, meaning that the government will not be funding 1 million students in our schools today.”

By Education News Reporter

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