By Christine Muchira/Release
The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has expressed concern that some heads of public education institutions cannot explain how they spend the free education funds the government disburses to the schools.
He said government spends billions of shillings to schools under the Free Primary and Free Day Secondary education programmes, apart from the schools charging parents fees for secondary education.
”The Ministry would streamline the supervision and management of education institutions to ensure there was effective execution of the policies, standards and the prescribed curriculum at school levels,” said the CS.
Dr. Matiang’i made these remarks during an inspection tour of three schools in Naivasha Township. The CS led senior education officials on an inspection tour of Naivasha Boys High School, Naivasha Girls High School and Mirera Primary schools.
He said he would visit as many schools as possible to establish how well they were implementing educational policies at the school level.
CS Matiang’i said members of parliament spend a large proportion of the Constituency Development Fund(CDF) on education, but the schools were unable to give an account of the projects CDF money financed and which projects were financed by Capitation funds as well as the fees charged on parents.
”School managers should be good stewards of the resources they received from government and household through fees paid by parents,” he added.
The Ministry would ensure school accounts were audited and act on the reports so that management of resources at the school level be improved added Dr. Matiang’i.
The CS was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Basic education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, his counterpart in the State Department of Technical and Vocational education, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi, and the Director General, Mrs. Leah Rotich among other senior officials from the Ministry and the Teachers Service Commission office in Nakuru County.