Despite promises made by Education Minister Ezekiel Machogu, our nation’s public schools are facing a terrible crisis as a result of the government’s delayed release of cash.
This financial delay has imposed a major burden on schools, limiting their ability to offer quality education and support to students.
As a result, students and instructors are dealing with insufficient resources, decaying infrastructure, and impaired learning environments.
The government’s inability to fulfill its commitment jeopardizes the school system and the future of countless students.
Machogu had previously assured the public of timely and sufficient funding for public schools.
Uncountable assurances from Ezekiel Machogu
This is despite Machogu’s assurances, the most recent of which was on Tuesday, May 30, when he stated that the government would release KSh 28 billion shillings as capitation to primary, junior, and senior secondary schools in the country by Friday, June 2.
“You know the amount we give per student is 22,240 and in the coming week, I am sure teachers are anxiously waiting. I want to make an undertaking that you are going to get capitation money for senior secondary,” Machogu said on June 20.
More than a week later, the Education CS made the same promise this time round mentioning the exact amount of money that would be released to schools.
The amount of money that government is releasing this week in junior and senior secondary is to a total of KSh 28 billion,” he said.
Teachers who spoke to media on demand of anonymity said they have heard in the media but schools have continued to sink into a deep cash crunch.
Scholars warn against plan to scrap gov’t funding
After he assumed office, the CS elicited a raging debate after he announced that the ruling Kenya Kwanza administration would no longer fund public universities and colleges., remarks he later turned against.
The new education boss, instead, urged public institutions to generate revenue to fund their operations and academic programmes.
Speaking at the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri on Saturday, November 5, Machogu called on public institutions of higher learning to embrace research, innovation, and technology to generate income.