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Kuppet wants free secondary education money released

12 September 2014, 20:59

Kwale - The Kenya Union of Post Primary School Teachers in Kwale County has asked the national government to release free secondary school education funds to the region.

According to KUPPET executive secretary in Kwale County Mackenzie Tuki, the money has not yet reached schools accounts although the ministry of education had assured them that it was released few days ago.

Addressing the media in Kwale yesterday, Tuki said secondary school heads in the area are forced to send students home since they cannot sustain them. He said the situation is worsening and worrying if the national government does not urgently send cash meant for Kwale county secondary schools.

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Tuki wondered why the ministry of education had announced release of the funds to counties and yet there is not even a single shilling in Kwale county secondary schools accounts.

“I have been to Msambweni,LungaLunga, Kinango and Matuga where head teachers are having a lot of problems to sustain students in schools because there is no money,” he added.

Tuki said the issue has forced school heads to send back students so that they can collect money from their parents since the situation is worsening every day.

“I have had some principals opting to resign just because they cannot manage the school if there is no money. It is a really big problem because contractors are on school heads’ neck demanding payment ad yet there is no cash to pay them,” added Tuki.

He said the national government should show its interest in arresting the situation urgently by sending money meant for Kwale county secondary schools. He observed that if the situation is not arrested immediately, end of year examination results will be poorly performed.

“We are just wondering why the government announced disbursement of the free secondary education funds to counties and yet in Kwale we have not received any. Is it that Kwale is being sidelined? We still lack answers,” said Tuki.

He said the third term is very short warning those who might be sitting on the cash for his own reason should release them to avoid bad performance among schools in the region.“Teachers in secondary schools are in a very desperate position and we are worried the situation will affect ducation performance.

We want Kwale money to be remitted,” he added.

Parents claimed that teachers in schools area to only sending their children home even those with very minimal debts.

“My daughter was sent home even before getting into the school compound and she is a form four. School heads are becoming inhuman because what they are doing is not good. Education performance will be highly affected, we need something to be done,” said Wanda Masua a parent.

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