Why schools missed capitation funds as revealed by ministry of education. The government has turned against school heads for not acknowledging capitation funds sent to their institutions. It has claimed that this is what led to the delays in the subsequent disbursement of the capitation funds.
Paul Kibet who is the director of secondary education at the ministry of education (MoE) confirmed that some institutions failed to acknowledge receipt of the funds received. This therefore raised audit queries. Kibet spoke this while attending the KESSHA summit that was conducted in Mombasa.
Mr Kibet said that they had prepared guidelines on governing and management of institutions for this year as early as last year November. They have however realized that the issue of acknowledgement of receipt in the NEMIS has been ignored all along.
According to him, around three thousand schools had not acknowledged any receipt of last year’s disbursement by January this year. It is also very clear that these schools are the ones among those affected by delay in capitation disbursement.
The ministry of education earlier June released 24 billion Kenyan shillings to schools. This was 4 billion short from what was expected.
Kibet confirmed that even at now, seventy two schools have not acknowledged last year’s July disbursement. As a result,these institutions have left the ministry of education wondering how the institutions operate.
Major sources of funding in schools
Government capitation and school fees paid by parents are the two major sources of funding. Parents only cater for boarding fees as government caters for the rest.
Earlier last month, the education cabinet secretary warned heads against sending learners home for school fee balances promising that despite delays, the ministry was going to release funds to schools.
He also added that heads of education institutions are not supposed to send their learners home for fee balances.
Why schools missed capitation funds as revealed by ministry of education.