Parliament has summoned Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to shed light on revelations that merchants are oversupplying textbooks to secondary schools.
The National Assembly’s Education Committee chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Melly held a meeting and resolved to summon Ms Mohamed, who will also be expected to explain congestion in schools and delayed release of capitation.
“We want to see the money being used to buy books now go to development of infrastructure and equipping of laboratories in schools,” Mr Melly said.
The MP regretted that schools are congested yet the government is doing little to address the situation that he said may soon get out of hand.
“We are asking the ministry to immediately release infrastructure funds to schools so that they can put in place the necessary facilities. We also want the ministry to release Sh22,244 as capitation and not Sh10,000 as is happening now,” he added.
He said that officials benefiting from the dumping of books in schools must also be held accountable.
The government plan to supply books to schools started last year and replaced an equally corruption-prone system where schools bought books from booksellers.