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Government asked to disburse funds to schools

Kakamega Women Representative Elsie Muhanda has appealed to the national government to release school capitation in full and on time.

Muhanda said delays in the release of funds would in the long run negatively affect the quality of education across the country as many schools were grappling with many financial challenges.

The women representative said most schools were struggling with debts due to high operation costs and delayed remittance of capitation.

She made the appeal at Munyuki primary school, in Lumakanda ward, Lugari constituency, during the school’s Annual General Meeting.

“I want to plead with the national government. Right now it has not disbursed funds to schools. My question is: How will the learners study? How will the teachers run the schools without capitation? Let the government release funds urgently to assist our people,” she said.

On the issue of teenage pregnancies, Muhanda said her office is determined to ensure the teen mothers who dropped out of school due to pregnancy are supported and re-integrated to schools to complete their studies.

The MP said the teen mothers were not solely to blame for the early pregnancies hence they should be supported and taken back to school.

She disclosed that 30 teen mothers who went back to school and sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination last year scored good grades and were set to join university.

Lumakanda Member of County Assembly Bernard Mulama urged parents not to spend their money in constructing school structures as they have elected leaders.

“I am pleading with you parents; you elected us to represent you; don’t spend money from your pocket to construct classrooms yet there is government money for that purpose. Spend your money to pay school fees and cater for other school requirements for your children,” he stated.

Lugari constituency manager Rajab Mukolwe who represented the area Member of Parliament Nabii Nabwera defended the recent scholarship award to over 400 students across the constituency saying they were based on beneficiaries’ academic performance and not ethinicity.

By Melechezedeck Ejakait and Britney Imeleny

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