By Nsunjo Erica
The government has finally released the long-awaited school funds however, the cash released Tuesday only covers free secondary education.
“The Ministry of Education has released free-day secondary education funds at a capitation rate of 5,151 Shillings per student,” reads a circular by Education PS Belio Kipsang’.
The schools will receive 500 Shillings for maintenance and improvement of infrastructure per student, 3,226 Shillings for personal emoluments, and administrative costs per learner. Additionally, 675 Shillings for Eduafya program per student according to the Education Ministry
The Education Ministry has also allocated 750 Shillings per student for salaries of teachers employed by the boards of management (BoM), but the funds will be retained until data submitted by principals is verified.
BoM teachers will only receive a five-month pay starting August to December, with each earning 10,000 shillings per month, Kipsang added that the funds will only be paid to teachers who worked as at March 15, 2020.
The circular indicates that teachers will not receive salaries for May, June, and July. Headteachers however explain that the funds released for infrastructure are not enough to prepare schools for reopening.
Since the released funds only cater to Secondary schools, thousands of primary schools, their suppliers, and workers have been left in the open wondering when funds shall be allocated to them.
CS Prof George Magoha On Reopening Of Schools
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha said that Schools may reopen earlier than January 2021.
Speaking on Tuesday, CS Magoha said that the government is ready and willing to change school reopening dates anytime depending on the behavior of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to the declining cases of covid-19 as reported in the country for the past week, CS George Magoha has now hinted that school reopening dates might just be pushed closer than initially projected.