NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11 – The Jubilee Government is determined to fulfil its pledge to provide free laptops to all schools with the Treasury allocating Sh17.6 billion in the 2015/2016 budget.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich stated that the funding will not only help in acquiring laptops but other ICT devices which will help students become E-compliant.
He stressed that this will also build the capacity of teachers and increase their efficiency.
“Through this budget, we are once again allocating a total of Sh17.6 billion for the deployment of ICT learning devices to schools, development of digital content, building the capacity of teachers and rolling our computer laboratories for class four to eight in all schools throughout the country,” he said.
Rotich expressed confidence that the funding will ensure that the government’s pledge is honoured.
“I am confident Mr Speaker that this time around, this key Jubilee Government project will finally take off. Mr Speaker, as a government that deeply cares for its most vulnerable members of society, we have set aside resources for affirmative action intervention and social safety nets so as to empower these Kenyans and enable them to actively participate in our economic management agenda,” he stated.
The capitation for free secondary education was further increased to Sh32.7 billion while that of free primary education was put at Sh14.1bn. “This will take us a step closer to making free Primary and secondary education truly free,” the CS stated.
He further allocated Sh1 billion to the school feeding program so that there would be no cause for any child to miss school.
“In addition I am allocating Sh400 million for sanitary towels for girls in schools and Sh1 billion for the school feeding program to ensure that no child misses school. Similarly, I am proposing to allocate Sh3 billion for Technical Training Institutes, Sh52.9 billion for University Education and Sh7.5 billion for the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), to increase the quality as well as access to tertiary institutions,” he explained.
“To further support the demand for increased enrolment, I am proposing to allocate Sh2.3 billion for the recruitment for an additional 5,000 teachers and Sh2.2 billion for promotion of the tutors.”
Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi had emphasised the need for increased funding in the education sector to cater for the needs of Kenyan students.
Speaking ahead of the budget reading, the CS had stated that the ministry will be seeking to raise the allocation of basic education from Sh28 billion to 32 billion.
He had also indicated the need for the allocation to secondary schools to be increased by Sh1 billion.
Kaimenyi says this will ensure that the government’s goal of ensuring free education for all is achieved.