Kenya High School, Starehe Boys Centre, Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi School, Lenana School, Pangani Girls High School and Moi Girls Secondary School Nairobi, are among the National Secondary schools selected to open up day school wings.
The program for admission of students is scheduled to kick off Thursday and is expected to run until Monday. This is after a directive from the ministry of Education to cater for the large number of enrollment for form one students in 2018.
A total of 993,718 candidates who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education are expected to join Form One.
This figure translates to about 25 per cent increase from the students that were admitted to secondary schools in 2017.
Other schools listed for day school enrolment are Ngara Girls Secondary School, Buruburu Girls High School, Embakasi Girls, Arya Parklands, Nembu Girls High School, Dagoretti High School, Lang’ata Secondary School, Upper Hill, St George’s Girls, State House Girls, Hospital Hill and Ofafa Jericho.
On Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced that the Treasury had allocated 29 billion shillings to cater for the free secondary education program starting this month.
Meanwhile, the government on Wednesday released Sh29.5 billion for the first term of free secondary education. This is the first tranche of cash in disbursements for the three terms.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i confirmed that some schools had received the money.
The annual fee for day secondary schools is Sh22,244 per child and will be disbursed in the ratio of 50:30:20. Subsequent disbursements are expected in April and August.
Under the fresh allocation, each student has been allocated Sh11,122 – Sh5,122 for tuition and Sh6,000 for operations.
Previously, the government catered for Sh12,870 while parents paid the remaining Sh9,374.
Elsewhere, University and college students from Embu County have decried the low bursary allocation they receive from the County Government and the Constituency Development Fund.
The university students under Embu County University and College Students Association (ECUCSA) now want the county government to review the bursary allocation so that they can receive considerable amount to support their education.
The students said that they have been receiving 10,000 shillings from the county government and 2,000 shillings from CDF kitty which they claimed is too little to support their education.
Led by the newly elected chairperson of the Association Waleine Ireri the students said there is need to re-look at the allocation so that the beneficiaries can receive substantial amount which will ensure that they will learn smoothly in various universities and colleges.