By Claire Wanja
The Government has disbursed Shs21.5 billion towards the Free Primary and Free Secondary Education programmes in public and Secondary schools.
Shs.15.2billion is towards Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) to benefit 2,354,786 students in 8,041 public secondary schools. Shs.6.6billion will on the hand, benefit 8,933, 038 pupils in 21,745 public primary schools.
In a circular, signed by the Director of Secondary and Tertiary Education, Mr. Robert Masese, the money is meant to meet tuition and operations expenses the schools incur while providing education services to learners in basic education institutions.
Masese says all the schools must acknowledge the funds received by issuing school official receipts for both tuition and operation accounts to the Principal Secretary for education with copies to their respective County and Sub county directors of education, according to a circular to all County Directors and sub-county directors of education.
“These must be received within two weeks of receipt of the grants, failure to which further release of the grants to such schools will be suspended.” Says Masese.
The circular further states that individual students’ should sign form lists showing the amount awarded and the list be attached to the payment vouchers kept in the school as per procedure and every student issues with a school receipt for the allocation.
The Circular notes that the Principals are notified that the Ministry had made direct recoveries for Strengthening of Mathematics and Science in Secondary Education (SMASSE) from the capitation at the rate of Shs.200 per student and channeled the same to the Centre for Mathematics, Science & Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA).