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Gov't will not pay for free education for these secondary students

PS Belio Kipsang issues new directive

Amina Mohammed with Belio Kipsang

Education PS Belio Kipsang on Tuesday stated that 300,000 students would not receive education funding.

Speaking during an inspection of the Competence Based Curriculum in grade II at Ngong Township Primary School in Ngong town, Kipsang explained that the students information was not available on the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS).

“We shall not disburse any capitation to students whose details schools have not put on NEMIS,” stated Kipsang.

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The PS had earlier inspected the status of Form I admission in Oloolaiser High School.

According to the tough talking Kipsang, the Ministry of Education had released Sh30 billion to 2.6 million students for Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) whose details had been captured on NEMIS.

The tough talking PS noted that the issuance of the funds was transferred through the system which is contrary to the past, where information provided by Principals of secondary schools was heavily relied upon by the ministry.

Delay of funds for first term

This directive comes after the government was criticized on Monday for not having released funds for the first term.

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Kahi Indimuli who is the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association, pointed that school heads were facing a problem of managing large number of students without finances.

“As at Friday, the funds had not been released... We opened the schools three weeks ago,” remarked Indimuli.

The Association chair highlighted that without funds schools could not do repairs, buy learning materials, pay for water and electricity as well as cater for day-to-day operations.

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