MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
Ministry of Education
NAIROBI 27th APRI, 2017
The government is set to spend Shs.6billion to facilitate transition of about 1,200,000 this year’s KCPE candidates into form one in 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i says.
The money will be used to construct 2,000 additional classrooms in 2,576 secondary schools across the country, Dr. Matiang’i revealed.
It will also be used to 1000 laboratories, and a further 1,000 sanitation facilities to cater for two classes each in the schools.
He spoke this at workshop for, Principals of secondary schools and chairpersons of the Board of Managements at Nakuru Girls High School on Tuesday. He was flanked by the Director of Secondary Education, Mr. Robert Masese.
The Ministry has mounted workshops in five centers to sensitise heads of schools and officials of BOM, whose schools have been earmarked for expansion and refurbishment of infrastructure to prepare for the 100% transition of KCPE candidates to secondary education next year.
Dr. Matiang’i said the funds must be used responsibly and transparently.
He said office of Auditor General’s Office, and the Directorate of School Audit will monitor and evaluate the use of the funds to ensure the money is utilized as intended.
He said the heads of schools and the Board Members risked arrest and prosecution should they misuse the funds as they had a shared responsibility in the school finance.
He said the Principals and the BOM should not allow to be influenced by Members of Parliament on how to spend the infrastructure funds the government had given them.
He said some Principals had complained that MPs demanded part of the money saying they had helped to secure the money for the schools,
Dr. Matiang’I asked the Principals to be firm and resist the pressure, saying the government would protect them against such blackmail.
“Every coin must go to what it is intended for,” Dr. Matiang’i advised.
The CS challenged the Principals to adopt attitudes habits of thinking that will restore order, discipline and sense of purpose in the management of education.
“We have made mistakes in the management of education in the last one and half decade. Let’s return to the path of excellence in education,” Dr. Matiang’i noted, saying educators should help strengthen the opportunities the country had in raising up children responsibly.
He decried the wastage in the management of school resources, saying 57% of school resources meant for purchase of textbooks and other instructional materials did not get into schools.
He said the wastage had created a situation where the 1:1 pupil to textbook ration had not been attained in many schools, thereby denying students’ important item in quality learning.
He said he had visited secondary schools where classrooms of over 40 students had less than 10 textbooks for subjects such Chemistry and Physics.
There cannot be quality curriculum delivery with such few or no textbooks, Dr. Matiang’i noted.
Mr. Masese said that sanitation facilities created positive environment for learners.
He said studies in educational research indicates good infrastructure such as classrooms, and sanitation facilities support retention of learners in school while poor ones have been push some learners out of school.