500 secondary schools to miss funds for lack of bank accounts

500 secondary schools to miss funds for lack of bank accounts

More than 500 secondary schools risk missing out on government funding because they have not opened bank accounts, as required by the Ministry of Education.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kispang said the schools will be given cash only after they open accounts, adding that about 300,000 students are affected.

Secondary schools are supposed to receive Sh22,000 per student to facilitate learning.

Among the counties where many schools have not opened bank accounts are Nairobi (21), Nandi (22), West Pookot (21), Uasin Gishu (19), and Siaya (14).

The government is due to release Sh6.6 billion billion for the Free Primary Education programme and Sh 30 billion for the Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) programme in public schools.

Dr Kipsang said the FDSE funds will be disbursed through the National Education Management Information System (Nemis), unlike in the past, when the ministry relied on information provided by secondary school heads.

“We shall not disburse any capitation to students whose details schools have not put on Nemis,” he asserted, adding that the ministry will send the money as soon as the schools load the students’ details into the system.

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