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Education sector the big winner in new budget allocation

02 May 2014, 11:53 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Having for so long suffered from chronic lack of investment, the education sector will have its day in the 2013-14 budget with close to KES 190 billion set aside for the sector.

The Teachers service Commision TSC alone will have a massive KES 165 billion purse for the year of which majority will secure the hiring of new teachers and the payment of salaries and allowances as agreed in previous negotiations.

The laptop tender too will receive KES 17 billion for the year to ensure the Jubilee government's key election promise is fulfilled pending resolution of court cases.

That will see a change in tact from the government which has always put education on the back-foot in previous budgets.

" It is long overdue. The sector needed to be given the respect it deserves and I for one is happy that we will finally see a good number of teachers recruited, Patrick Nyoike an education expert quips.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT has insisted that it wants close to 60,000 teachers employed in the coming financial year to reduce the large deficit currently in the sector.

" The money will not hire 60,000 teachers but it will go a long way into ensuring that the shortage is dealt with, he added.

The laptop tender too will land its share in what is seen as a show of commitment to the controversy riddled project by the government.

There is a case pending at the High Court over the legibility of the tender award but once that is dealt with the government will roll out the project as quickly as possible.

To facilitate the laptops, the government has also set aside funds for rural electrification to ensure all primary schools are lit in the next financial year.

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