- 2.62 billion for Primary school learners and Ksh. 14.85 billion for their secondary schools’ counterparts.
- “Parents and all stakeholders must ensure that all Form One students report to their secondary schools given that the Government has already released funding to support learning activities for Term One, 2021.”
- “At the end of the Form One reporting exercise, all learners from Grade One to Form Four will be back to class for the first time since March 2020 when all schools were closed as part of the Government measures to control the spread of COVID-19”.
The government has released Sh17.47 billion to public schools for the term of 2021 academic year.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by Education CS George Magoha said the capitation funding disbursed by Government to primary and secondary schools which shall be disbursed as follows; Ksh. 2.62 billion for Primary school learners and Ksh. 14.85 billion for their secondary schools’ counterparts.
The Prof. Magoha led ministry instructed principals of all public schools to ensure learning goes uninterrupted as the necessary funds to run the first term are now available. Principals were further advised to seek amicable solutions with parents with outstanding balance.
“Principals are advised to keep all their learners at their respective schools to ensure no part of class time is lost during the shortened academic calendar,” the statement reads, “More fundamentally, principals must strictly adhere to new Ministry of Education guidelines on school fees that were issued based on the 30-week school calendar.”
Heads of the learning institutions who shall be found culpable of charging additional fees outside of the official guidelines will not be tolerated, the CS said.
At the same time, the Ministry urged parents and guardians to ensure form one students report to the schools that they were admitted, “Parents and all stakeholders must ensure that all Form One students report to their secondary schools given that the Government has already released funding to support learning activities for Term One, 2021.”
On Monday August 2, the admission of 1.15 million Form 1 students to secondary schools started amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The CS said the government is impressed by the high turnout of the students reporting to their secondary schools adding that measures have been put in place to ensure 100% transition from primary school.
Once the admission exercise is complete all students shall be school for their 2021 first term.
“At the end of the Form One reporting exercise, all learners from Grade One to Form Four will be back to class for the first time since March 2020 when all schools were closed as part of the Government measures to control the spread of COVID-19”.
Once the 1.15 million joins the secondary schools the total population of secondary students will rise to 3.3 million. However according to Education CAS Sarah Rutto at least 20,000 students who sat the 2020 KCPE in jail and those over aged will miss slots in secondary schools.
A total of 1,179,192 KCPE candidates sat for their examinations in March and were expected to join various secondary schools by the end of the enrollment exercise.
According to KNBS 2019 Economic Survey since 2018 when the 100% transition policy was launched, primary to secondary transition rates have increased from 83.3 per cent in 2018 to 95 per cent by the first quarter (Q1) of 2020.
The county with the highest transition rate by Q1 of 2020 was Murang’a at 135.2 per cent, implying that students were migrating from other counties to join secondary schools in this county.
The lowest was Nairobi with a transition rate of 47 per cent, which could be due to few secondary schools relative to the number of transitioning students, thus necessitating absorption of students in other counties.
The survey further indicated that, Secondary education is largely financed by National and County Governments, income generating projects, alumni, private sector, donors and non-governmental organizations.
The national Government’s expenditure on Early Learning and Basic Education increased from 11 per cent of the total spending on education in 2015/16 to 15 per cent 2018/19. Expenditure on secondary school education accounted for above 95 per cent of total spending on Early Learning and Basic Education throughout the period.
The survey additionally found that overcrowding of classrooms is a challenge in the short term as it may result in limited one on one interaction with students. These challenges have further been confounded by the Covid-19 pandemic where students are expected to keep social distance.
Apart from the pandemic, such large number of students may also be disruptive and difficult to handle for teachers allocated.