By Claire Wanja
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, has expressed concern that public primary and secondary schools were not displaying the Free Primary and Free Day secondary education funds on notice boards as required.
He said it was important for schools to display of records of capitation on notice boards to enable parents know how much the schools received, noting that this was part of accountability and transparency procedures.
At the same time, Dr. Matiang’i has expressed concern that some schools did not issue official receipts to each student on receipt of the capitation the schools received on behalf of students.
He spoke this when he toured Machakos Boys High School where the Deputy Principal, Mr. Martin Kimongo admitted that his school did not let students sign for capitation funds it receives from Government regarding Free Day Secondary Education.
Dr. Matiang’i toured the school after visiting Machakos Girls High School and Muvuti Secondary Schools in the area.
He was accompanied by Director for Secondary and Tertiary Education, Mr. Robert Masese, the Acting Director, Quality Assurance and Standards, Mr. Pius Mutisya, County Director for Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Mr. Muturi Ireri.
Dr. Matiang’i said some head teachers of schools were giving the Ministry numbers of students different from the actual enrolment of students they had.
Each student receives in public secondary school now receives Shs.12, 870—monies which schools are expected to acknowledge with signatures of students.
At the same time, Dr. Matiang’i expressed concern at the poor levels of sanitation in the dormitories the students slept.
Apart from broken beds which students are made to use, some of the dormitories were shabby.
He asked the Quality and Standards Assurance departments to organize for workshops for Board Masters of schools to induct them on the rules and regulations of The Safety Standards Manual, for Schools.
He said it was important that schools provided a safe and health learning environment for learners noting this would help avert any disaster that may occur in school.
Meanwhile, CS Matiang’i has directed that the Board of Management (BOM) of Muvuti Secondary School in Machakos be dissolved forthwith.
The decision follows a surprise inspection tour of the school by the Cabinet Secretary on Thursday where he found serious management and supervisory shortcomings at the school.
When the Dr. Matiang’i visited the school, several classes had no teacher present in class while the Principal was absent.
All the Deputy Principal, Mr. Paul Mutheka said was that head teacher and some teachers were away for games.
Muvuti Secondary school was among schools the Cabinet Secretary visited in Kitui and Machakos Counties.
Kitui Boys High School, Engineer Ngilu Mixed Secondary School in Kitui County and Machakos Girls High School and Machakos Boys Girls School are some of the schools the CS toured.
He was accompanied by Director for Secondary and Tertiary Education, Mr. Robert Masese, the Acting Director, Quality Assurance and Standards, Mr. Pius Mutisya, Machakos County Director for Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Mr. Muturi Ireri and the Kitui County Director of Education, Mr. Pascal Makite.