Early Learning and Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang has confirmed that Sh36 billion has been disbursed to schools countrywide.
However he noted that public primary and secondary schools which have not captured details of their students on the National Management Information System (NEMIS) will not receive this term’s allocation.
“We are not going to do any payments outside NEMIS, so those schools that are yet to capture details of their students on the system must ensure they do so in order to receive the funds,” said the PS.
He spoke at Ngong Township Primary School, Kajiado County Tuesday during an exercise to monitor the competency based curriculum in practice.
Kipsang was accompanied by Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia and Kajiado North Deputy County Commissioner Tom Anjere.
According to the PS about 500 secondary schools are yet to capture details of their students on the NEMIS which will disadvantage their students since they will not get the capitation money on time.
Kipsang reiterated that schools will receive this term’s capitation by the end of the week.
He said the Government has released Sh.30 billion for secondary and a further Sh.6 billion for primary schools.
Kipsang said a one book per student ratio has been achieved in most schools during the distribution of textbooks adding that a total of 12.5 million books have been distributed so far.
The PS said a new tender for supply of 13 million books will be floated soon towards the achievement of the envisioned 25 million target for public schools.
He further said the 100 percent transition has ‘theoretically’ been achieved, only that the data received at the ministry currently stands at 83 percent.
“What is happening is that schools are still registering students on NEMIS even though the students are already in school. At Oloolaiser Boys High School, for example, the school has enrolled 240 students but only 24 are captured on NEMIS,” he noted.
The PS categorically singled out Kajiado saying that the Ministry of Education will place more emphasis on establishing day schools in the County since they performed better than boarding schools in last year’s KCSE examination.
Macharia said 280,000 teachers have so far been trained on the competency based curriculum – enough for grades one to three.
However, she said more teachers and county education officials will be trained in readiness for the rollout for Grade Four next year.
She confirmed that TSC had received more funding from the National Treasury to recruit 5000 more teachers which will cater for the new curriculum transition.
“Previously we recruited 8, 700 teachers and we had a target of 13, 000 hence we shall hit our target,” she said.
By Nelly Kosgey and Lucy Nganga