The Government is impressed by the high turnout of Form One students who started reporting to their secondary schools on Monday August 2, 2021, Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof George Magoha has said.
Prof. Magoha said that at the end of the Form One reporting exercise, all learners from Grade One to Form Four will be back to class for the first time since March 2020, when all schools were closed as part of the Government measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement to newsrooms Tuesday, the CS said that other than the Form One students, all other learners successfully opened for the First Term of the 2021 academic calendar on July 26, 2021.
“To ensure uninterrupted learning in all our public schools this term, the Government has released a total of Sh17.47 billion as capitation funding to all learners. Of this, Sh2.62 billion is meant for learners in primary schools, while Sh14.85 billion is to support secondary school students,” said Prof. Magoha.
The CS said that with the release of the capitation funds, principals are advised to keep all their learners at their respective schools to ensure no part of class time is lost during the shortened academic calendar, adding that principals should dialogue with parents of learners with fees balances to find practical ways of clearing any arrears.
“More fundamentally, principals must strictly adhere to new Ministry of Education guidelines on school fees that were issued based on the 30-week school calendar. Any additional fees outside of the official guidelines will not be tolerated,” warned Prof. Magoha.
In line with the 100 per cent transition Policy, the CS said that parents and relevant stakeholders must ensure that all Form One students report to their secondary schools given that the government has already released funding to support learning activities for Term One, 2021.
By Joseph Ng’ang’a