NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has said once introduced, the National Education Information Management System will increase accountability and transparency in the management of allocated funds.
Matiangi who has previously questioned where funds meant for the purchase of books have gone all these years, says the new system which is set to be launched next month will greatly aid in the tracking the use of disbursed monies.
“I am looking forward to a time when we talk about capitation and disbursement of public resources we are not talking about guesswork and we can track the resources right to where they have gone.”
“I would like to see a future where expenditures in the schools are uploaded in the system and we can track them directly so that we are not talking about losses,” said Matiangi.
While addressing education stakeholders on Friday at a forum held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Matiangi also put County Education Directors and school heads on notice that they will be required to account for every cent entrusted to them as the loopholes have been sealed.
“Let us be honest, these resources are given to us as stewards so that we can use them to raise our children. Going forward my friends, the County Directors, your lives have just become harder and I am serious, as soon as we begin implementing the system any inaccuracies that we come across in your county you will take responsibility,” warned Matiangi.
He further appealed to the heads of schools to ensure that they adapt the system and get an access code or risk closure.
“I expect that under this system every school in the country public or private must have a code and this will be the basis upon which we will deal with them. Schools found not to have a code when the exercise is over will be forced to close,” said Matiangi.
The Education CS also said that all students countrywide will get personal identification numbers which they will be able to use throughout their education life.
“The identification numbers will help us to track the students’ records and experiences and also help us to easily have their data in one place,” said Matiangi.
The National Education Management System is set to be launched next month on 28.