Relief to schools. According to the education ministry, so as to address delays in disbursement, the capitation funds will not be distributed per quarter as it has been. The system will instead shift to a ration structure which will start this year.
The education cabinet secretary Ezekiel Machogu while he was opening the 46th KESSHA summit on 18th of June said that capitation was going to henceforth be released in a 50:30:20 ratio for the three terms respectively.
The CS confirmed that he was aware that the delays in capitation payment needed urgent response. He also said that he was aware of what these delays have made schools go through.
In addition, Machogu noted how important it is for institutions to acknowledge that they have received capitation funds. He said that this is because institutions that doesn’t acknowledge receiving funds will be risking missing subsequent installments.
In addition, the CS advised the board of management in institutions to ensure availability of necessary resources which are essential in handling various pathways in as much as the transition to JSS in the CBC curriculum is concerned.
He confirmed that the ministry is currently establishing three unique courses for learners in senior secondary schools. These include: arts,sports science, social science and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The pathway will therefore give way learners freedom to choose a profession that match their interests and career goals. In addition, special skills and knowledge will be at the learner’s disposal.
As a result, Machogu urged BOM in schools to start their planning earlier. In addition, the country education board was urged to adhere to registration requirements. This will therefore ensure an effective and affordable process.
Schools with Cap 211 are required to register fresh. Those institutions whose characteristics e.g number of streams or enrollment status have changed will also have to reregister.
Machogu urged KEMI to join hands with MoE, TSC, KESSHA & KEPSHA in speeding up capacity building of boards of management. This will therefore improve governance and accountability.
Schools are also adviced to have their own tree nurseries. In addition, they are asked to set aside some land for tree planting and forested zones.
As a remedy to exam cheating, national exams will be collected from schools in the morning and in the afternoon. This is different from the last when they were only collected in the evening. The number of containers will also be increased in larger counties.
Relief to schools.