Delayed disbursement of Free Primary Education and Free Secondary Education funds to public schools by the national government is giving public school heads and principals a headache in preparing candidates for this year’s examinations.
According to teachers’ unions officials, school heads and principals who spoke to Scholar, lack of funds might now affect the performance of public schools in national examinations. “The delay of funds to schools will impact negatively on the performance in public schools in national examinations,” said Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) National chairman Wycliffe Omuchei.
Oren Mixed Secondary School Principal, Isaiah Ogosa, said the situation has also resulted in lack of provision of necessities to the students such as revision and practical materials, which is affecting exam preparations.
Ogosa, who is also the county Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Treasurer, said the schools are forced to use feeding programme fees to provide of necessities funded under the government capitation initiative due to the delays. “We cannot adequately expose the students to proper practical exams preparations and this has always led to poor performance in such tests,” he says.
Kuppet national chairman Omboko Milemba urged Education Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed to be speeding up the release of funds to enable school heads and principals to run the school programmes smoothly.
Milemba said the delayed disbursement of funds to public schools by the national government is frustrating headteachers.
Teachers in Vihiga county said they only received 10 per cent of the funds from the national government, which is too little to run the school programmes. They said schools have run into debts they are required to repay for them to be on the safe side with the suppliers. “The delayed disbursement of Free Primary Education and Free Secondary Education funds to public schools by the national government has made school heads and principals have hectic time to run their schools,” said Milemba, who is also Emuhaya MP.