The Ministry of Education has allocated Ksh. 6,000 per student per year to cater for the maintenance and improvement of the learning environment for learners in public secondary schools, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb Amina Mohamed has said.
She said the money is part of Shs. 22,244 under the Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) funds the government uses to subsidize Secondary education.
Parents whose children are admitted in Boarding Schools will contribute Shs. 2,000 from the fees they pay to towards the maintenance and improvement of school infrastructure making a total of Shs.8, 000 per learner for the function, she added.
The Cabinet Secretary made the remarks while responding to questions by the Senate Committee on Education.
The Committee, chaired by Prof. Margaret Kamar, sought to find out Ministry plans to refurbish and improve infrastructure necessary for effective learning in schools.
Amb Mohamed said Ministry expects Boards of Management in Secondary Schools to use Shs.8, 000 in boarding Schools and Shs.6, 000 in Day Secondary schools to improve existing infrastructure and in some cases put up new facilities to ease pressure on existing facilities.
Funds under maintenance and improvement are to cater for facilities such as classrooms, science laboratories, hostels, dining halls, ablution blocks among other facilities that help improve the learning environment of learners.
Prof. Kamar lauded the Ministry, saying the fund will ensure a proper learning environment for learners.
She, however, called for strict supervision on the use of the fund to ensure that schools adhered to the purpose for which the fund has been earmarked.
The Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang indicated in a Circular, issued on 25th October, that the Ministry would offer guidance on the use of funds under maintenance and improvement vote during the actual disbursement of funds.
The Circular, dated, 25th October, was sent to Regional Coordinators of Education, County Directors of Education and Sub County Directors of Education.
It called on schools management, principals, adhere to the laid down financial regulations as stipulated in the financial management instructions’ handbook, issued by the MOE in the year 2006 and The Public Finance Management Act, 2012.