Both Mathira East and West district have so far received KES 86 million for Free day secondary education since year 2008.
The districts have also received KES 23 million for Free Primary Education since inception in year 2003.
Acting Education PS George Godia said other funding including KES 10 million for laboratory equipment in Mathira East district and KES 5 million for bursary.
Speaking during this year’s Mathira Education Day at Karatina stadium, he said 3 million for laboratory equipment and KES 1.7 million for improvement of ICT infrastructure and KES 5 million for bursaries of needy students.
At constituency level, under Economic Stimulus Programme, two secondary schools namely Kirimara and Ruthagati has received KES 20 million and KES 10 million respectively.
Twenty primary schools in both districts have already received KES 60,000 each for tree planting.
“Since inception of the Free Primary Education programme in year 2003, a total of KES 73 billion has been disbursed to over 22,000 public primary schools in the country. Similarly, KES 74 billion has been disbursed to 7,000 public secondary schools since the start of the program in year 2008,” he added.
Other funds have also been disbursed to schools countrywide to improve infrastructure and provision of teaching and learning materials among others.
Godia said since the introduction of the free day secondary education in year 2008, there has been an increase in enrolment at the secondary level from 1.1 million in year 2007 to 1.9 million in 2012.
The PS therefore said such huge financial investment in schools requires good management and accountability practices to ensure the funds are used prudently for their intended purposes.
Area MP Ephraim Maina who was accompanied by Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi in the function said a youth polytechnic will be set up in every location in order to offer local youths with skills and knowledge.
He added that over five secondary schools have been set up using the Constituency Development funds in the last five years.
On bursary, over 7,000 needy students have benefited since year 2007 adding that it is normally done in transparent manner.
“I would like the Government to hire more teachers and also provide the local District Education office with a vehicle and also provide office equipment in order to offer quality services,” added the MP.
He decried of the rampant theft of books in the area and urged the police to bring to book those involved in the racket.
The MP also urged the Government to honour teacher’s agreement in order for them to be paid their salaries increment.
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