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Sh22,000 for every secondary school student next year

Seth Onyango@SethManex

Pupils in public schools will continue to receive Sh22,244 in new guidelines on the implementation of free day secondary education for 2019.

The Ministry of Education made the announcement in a circular to regional and county directors of education as it issued tough conditions for the disbursement of funds.

Under the new guidelines, government subsidies will be allocated to schools duly registered and headed by a Teacher Service Commission-registered principal.

They must also submit accurate and up-to-date enrolment data with all their bank accounts required to be registered by the ministry at all levels.

Additionally, the authority to open the accounts must be sought from the State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education.

First disbursement of the funds will be done next month with subsequent ones in April and August each year.

Capitation to schools will see every learner receive Sh4,644 for tuition, Sh6,000 for maintenance and improvement and Sh1,500 for activity.

Additionally, learners will get Sh2,000 in medical cover and Sh200 Strengthening of Mathematics and Science in Secondary Education (SMASSE) with Sh7,000 allocated for administrative work.

According to the Kenya Economic Survey 2017, secondary schools increased by 5.3 per cent to 9,942 in 2016, but private secondary schools registered higher growth of 18.1 per cent compared to public schools, which increased by 3.6 per cent.

Last year, 993,718 KCPE candidates sat the national exam, an increase from 942,021 in 2016.

The total enrolment in both public and private secondary schools increased by 6.3 per cent from 2.56 million in 2015 to 2.7 million in 2016.

This means that if the number of 2017 KCPE candidates (993,718) is maintained, and all transit to high school, over four million students will be in secondary school by 2022.

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