The National Government has released a total of Sh16.8 Billion towards Primary and Secondary Schools.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said Sh2.11 Billion is meant for learners in primary schools while the rest Sh14.7 billion will go towards supporting secondary school students.
Speaking at Kapsabet Boys High School after commissioning tuition blocks, Prof Magoha said principals should keep all their learners at their respective schools to ensure no part of class time is lost during the shortened academic calendar which he noted is only 9 weeks.
“Principals should refrain from sending students home because of money. Instead, they should dialogue with parents of learners with fee balances to find a practical way of clearing any arrears,” he said
The Education CS asked principals to use the capitation money from the government as they wait for parents to clear fees adding that the Government will be forced to act against principals who continue sending students home for school fees.
“It is criminal to send a child from a Day school home yet its 100 percent free. If we catch any principal doing that, we will not be diplomatic. Sometimes you are sending a child to abject poverty,” he stressed
On Competence Based Curriculum (CBC), Prof Magoha called on contractors building the schools to ensure Phase one of all classrooms are ready by the first week of March to ensure that when learners start the exams, the focus should be on exams alone.
“As far as CBC is concerned, we are doing well. Am very happy because we are progressing on well according to the stipulated time,” he said.
He saluted parents and students of Kapsabet Boys for the discipline exhibited by the 2000 students adding that it’s not easy to have such self-control.
The Education CS who was accompanied by Nandi County Commissioner, Herman Shambi, and various stakeholders asked head teachers to destroy success cards being sent to students by politicians with their portraits on.
“This term being the shortest, there will be no schools’ visits. We want our learners to concentrate with their studies and prepare well for the national examinations,” he said.
PS orders school heads to allow disgruntled students to go home early
The government has issued fresh orders to school heads to be liberal and allow students to go home whenever they seek permission and only return when they are ready.
Basic Education Principal Secretary (PS) Julius Jwan said school heads should desist from restraining learners who want to go home as long as the process is done properly.
This, he noted will end unrest in schools. Speaking at Nyambaria Boys and Sironga Girls in Nyamira County yesterday, the PS warned principals against disobeying the government directive to allow students to go home.
“Just allow any learner who wants to go home to leave the school and let no one bar them. Let them go home and burn their parents’ houses but not schools,” he told the principals.
He said some learners travel long distances to attend schools in other far-flung areas, warning that it was unfair for a few to burn schools denying those interested in learning the opportunity.
The PS was inspecting the ongoing construction of Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms in the two schools in Nyamira.
He was accompanied by County Commissioner Michael Lesimaam and County Education Director Margaret Mwirigi.
Jwan said the government is committed to promoting basic education and told off those criticising the ongoing establishment of junior secondary school learning facilities in high schools.
The PS lauded the CBC model of learning, noting that the ongoing establishment of facilities in schools would go on.
“The government is committed to achieving the CBC model of learning that is why we have started the process of ensuring our institutions have such facilities for the betterment of our children who will be starting the CBC model of learning,” Juan said.
He further called for cooperation from all the education stakeholders to ensure the success of CBC in the various schools across the country.
“There is no achievement that can be done without all of us joining hands for the better of our students.
All we need to do is come together and do everything we can to help our children adopt the CBC model,” he said.