, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – The government will spend Sh2.5 billion to pay examination fees for primary and secondary school candidates each year, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
President Kenyatta said the government has also increased funding to education, with secondary school education receiving Sh28 billion this financial year.
Free Primary Education, he disclosed, has been allocated Sh13.8 billion, an increase of Sh4 billion from the previous allocation.
“Key among them are the Millennium Development Goals, Education For All, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child,” he said.
President Kenyatta spoke when he launched the nationwide implementation of Tusome Early Literacy Programme, a basic education initiative geared towards improving reading skills of 5.4 million Kenyan Children at Ruai Primary School in Nairobi.
Affirming the Government’s commitment to promoting quality education, the President said it was for this reason that Kenya ratified has many international and regional conventions.
He pointed out that education is not only a basic right recognised in law, but a “cardinal aspiration of every individual in the country”.
President Kenyatta said successive governments recognised, shared and supported this aspiration and the Jubilee government is no exception.
The Head of State said Kenya’s robust support for various domestic and international initiatives aimed at the attainment of universal, high quality education was a result of the national consensus on the importance of education.
President Kenyatta however, said for education to deliver national socio-economic transformation, it must be universally accessible and capable of empowering the people.
He said that the government will also review the policy and legal framework governing education.
“The aim is to eradicate wastage and inefficiency associated with conventional curricula, and embrace quality and progressive teaching,” he said.
President Kenyatta noted that education is a proven way of reducing poverty and guaranteeing the path to wealth creation.
“Education is a guarantor of cohesion, integration, stability and peace. Our investment in education is a strategic investment in a brilliant future for our country,” he added.