By Pauline Katethya
There has been a financial crisis in public schools following the delay of funds from the Ministry of Education. The setback has made it quite impossible for the schools to run.
“We purely depend on government funding and with the 100 per cent transition, we need money to operate smoothly,” a principal from Nyandarua County told Uzalendo News, while a counterpart in Nyeri Girls Boarding said they were unable to pay suppliers and learners’ medical fees.
“Some suppliers have refused to give us their products, and students cannot seek medical attention as the money is yet to be provided for,” she said.
Most students have not paid their school fees in full, she added
Schools normally receive fifty per cent of the cash from the Government, based on the population of learners in each school, at the beginning of the first term. Thirty per cent is paid in the second term and the remaining 20 in the third term.
On Monday, Kahi Indimuli, Chairman of The Kenya Secondary School Heads Association said that head teachers in public schools were unable to manage the large number of students without funds.
“As at Friday, the funds had not been released… We opened the schools three weeks ago,” he said.
CS Treasury Henry Rotich on Tuesday affirmed that funds would be wired to schools before the end of the week.
He accredited the delay in funds a result of late request from the Ministry of Education.
On the same day, Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang visited Ngong Township primary school during an exercise to monitor the competency based curriculum in practice. He cautioned that schools who had not registered details of their students on the National Education Management Information System (Nemis) would not get the funds.
“We are not going to do any payments outside Nemis, so those schools that are yet to put details of their students on the system must ensure they do that to receive the funds,”Kipsang said.