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Teachers ask govt to release school funds early

29 August 2013, 14:03 Dareel Eric

Teachers in Vihiga County have asked the government to release the subsidised secondary education funds for the second term in arrears and allocation for third term before schools resume next week.

Led by the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers chairperson in the county Nebert Isambe, the teachers said that most schools have been running on a shoe string budget and often getting into debts due to inadequate funds.

“In the second term, only KES 900 out of KES 3 200 was released per student and this cannot help in running the schools effectively. The government has to devise ways of releasing the funds at one go, so that they can give the head teachers an easy time of running schools,” Isambe said.

Isambe further noted that the schools have been unable to run well, as school workers have not been paid for several months now worsening their cause.

“The school workers who are solely dependent on for the running of the schools have not been able to be remunerated and thus making most of them not perform as expected. This should be looked into immediately,” he said.

He expressed his support for the formula that the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association had suggested earlier, to be put in place so that schools can run efficiently.

“The association had suggested that the bigger percentage of funds should be released early in the year when the schools incur a lot of expenses and purchases,” he said.

He further said that it defeats logic releasing the money late in the third term when schools are nearing closure and their accounts are closed.

He feared that most schools may be forced to send their students home for fees, hindering the learning process because of lack of funds in the schools.  

Most public and private schools countrywide are expected to resume next week after the August holidays come to an end.

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