Coast teachers call for uniform disbursement of capitation monies

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Coast region spokesman Kittu Ngwengwele has asked the government to address delays of disbursement of capitation funds to learning institutions.

The Knut official said three quarters of the schools had not received capitation for the second term from the ministry of Education.

Ngwengwele said most of the schools had received notification of disbursement but were yet to receive the funds into their accounts by Wednesday afternoon last week, a situation the teachers’ union wants addressed. “We want the ministry to ensure there is a systematic way of disbursing these funds. We cannot have a situation where some schools receive money earlier than others,” he said.

Meanwhile, a section of public secondary schools in Mombasa received their capitation last week, Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) chairman, Mvita sub-county, Juma Mshimu confirmed.

He said big schools such as Allidina Visram High School, a day school in Mvita sub-county was affected by the delays, stalling some operations in the institute.   “There were delays which had earlier affected some of our operations, but we were able to receive the capitation last week.  There are now no complaints from schools in the whole Mvita sub-county,” he said.

Mvita sub-county hosts, Tononoka Secondary, Mvita Girls, Tudor Day and Tom Mboya Secondary, among others.

Ngwengwele also thanked the government for the school-feeding programme, saying most of the schools in the region have been catered for without discrimination. “We now have enough food supplies for our pupils,”  he said.

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