School Heads Demand Release of 30% of School Capitation
School Heads Demand Release of 30% of School Capitation. The Kenya Primary School Heads Teachers Association (KEPSHA) has requested the government to disburse the final 30% of its budget to ensure that schools operate smoothly as they prepare to reopen.
Patrick Kitur, the head of the KEPSHA Rift Valley region, proposed it at the sixth KEPSHA annual meeting, which was held in Nanyuki.
Although Junior Secondary School (JSS) had already begun, he emphasized that school administrators still lacked enough resources to support their groups.
Capitation is the biggest difficulty, and I want to ask the Ministry of Education to release the remaining 30% of the funds since primary school principals and headteachers are managing schools under a lot of pressure.
According to Kitur, the Ministry of Education allocated 20% of the capitation, which the administrators of the schools prudently employed in accordance with the norms that were publicly available.
The government recently allocated Ksh 9.6 billion in the 2022–2023 supplementary budget for the 1.26 million grade seven pupils, with Ksh 15,042 going to each student identified in the National Education Management Information System.
It is anticipated that the funds will be used for school operations, including capacity building, textbooks, lab supplies, office supplies, and other items.
Due to incorrect account information, numerous schools initially missed out on the capitation release of funding, but they now have access to it, according to Kitur.
“There were many schools who missed out on the funding, but three weeks ago we learned that it had been allocated. According to Kitur, certain bank information was inaccurate.
Kitur also brought up the lack of textbooks in JSS, but he was confident that teachers would use their creativity to successfully apply the new competency-based curriculum.
In order to ensure that every school has an appropriate number of staff members, he said, the government was still hiring instructors.
The teachers were commended by Irene Yaile, national secretary of KEPSHA, for their excellent job putting JSS into practice, and she urged them to continue assisting the government in implementing the new competency-based curriculum.
All schools will start as scheduled the following week now that peace and security have restored, according to Laikipia County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri.
The administration, according to Kanyiri, is worried about making sure that children who are old enough to attend school are in their classes and not tending to livestock in the Mukogodo forest.
He warned that parents who fail to send their children to school would face heavy punishment.