NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 14 – Girls from poor families will continue to access free sanitary towels after the Treasury allocated Sh300 million for the 2012/2013 financial year.
Finance Minister Njeru Githae said on Thursday that this would only benefit those in primary schools.
“I urge honourable members and Kenyans at large to be fully involved to strictly ensure only deserving orphaned, poor and needy children benefit from these interventions,” he said in his budget statement.
The move will ensure that young girls do not fail to attend school during their cycle as has been the case in parts of the country.
The minister at the same time proposed an allocation of Sh1.1 billion for the bursary program to cater for bright orphans and children from poor households in secondary schools throughout the country.
These are part of safety nets that were introduced in the 2011/2012 financial year to cushion poor households against suffering.
The education sector at large received Sh233.1 billion, an increase of nine percent from the previous budget.
“Medium term priorities in education spending include catering for expanded enrolment at all levels of education and training through increased infrastructure and teaching staff,” the Finance Minister stated.
He said this would help improve access and ensure quality education.
Of the Sh233.1 billion allocated, Sh118.7 billion will cater for teachers’ salaries including recruitment of additional 10,000 teachers.
Development of infrastructure and facilities in public universities got Sh8.1 billion while Sh480million went for purchase of computers for schools.
Another Sh1.6 billion would be used to promote early childhood development including employment of pre-primary teachers, Sh1.9billion for improving physical facilities including building classrooms.
Free primary education received Sh8.3billion while free day secondary education got Sh19.7billion.