NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 1 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) wants the disbursement of funds to support Free Primary Education and the Free Secondary Education Capitation fund to be done within seven days.
This follows the delayed disbursement of free education funds for primary and secondary schools.
In a letter addressed to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, the union’s Secretary General Wilson Sossion stated that the delay is negatively affecting the smooth running of schools.
“As at today the Day of February, 2017, your ministry has failed to disburse the above mentioned funds to schools thus making it impossible for heads of schools and principals to provide services to the students. Critical school programs are grinding to a halt,” he stated.
He further demanded that the Ministry of Education should ensure that funds are disbursed to schools before they open.
“It is difficult to procure tuition supplies and finance activities which fall in the first term which include drama festivals and ball games as your ministry continues to withhold the stated funds,” he stated.
He noted that government has a commitment to disburse the funds during the holidays before schools open at the ratio of 50:30:20.
“This has not been the case in the past. There have always been delays and this has affected the smooth running of the schools,” he said.
He stated that it is the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary of Education to ensure that due execution of government commitments is prompt.
“We hereby formally write to demand that your ministry disburses the funds in full to all schools within seven (7) days from the date of this letter,” he said.
He underscored the need for the ministry to ensure that at all times, funds are disbursed to schools before they open to allow the schools’ Boards of Management to procure goods and services for students.