Most parents in the dark over FPE funds, new survey shows

Mike Ratemo @PeopleDailyKe

Majority of parents in the country do not know how much money public schools get per child to cover the costs of free primary education. Research conducted by ‘Sauti za Wananchi’ between May 21and 23 indicates that 89 per cent of Kenyans do not know how much money per child the government has allocated to support free primary education.

The research, done among 1, 763 respondents through mobile phone, further showed that 71 per cent of the respondents admitted that they did not know whether free primary education funds were disbursed at their local schools.

Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday evening while releasing the findings, Director of Data and Voice at Twaweza, Dr John Mugo (pictured) said that huge numbers of Kenyan take their children to private schools while those with children in public schools were largely disengaged with how schools were managed.

“Despite knowing all the challenges facing education, about half of Kenyans believe that the quality of education in public schools has improved since it was made free. However, one in four Kenyan households has at least one child in private school,” he said.

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