School Headteachers Warned by MOE over Misusing JSS Funds
School Headteachers Warned by MOE over Misusing JSS Funds. The primary school principals who are also acting in that role have been warned regarding the use of funds deposited into junior secondary school accounts.
The money should be used judiciously and in compliance with the proper accountability and reporting standards, according to a circular from the Ministry’s Principal Secretary (PS), Belio Kipsang.
A circular that details how the money would be used will be released by the ministry of education.
The capitation has been paid to all public junior secondary schools, with some receiving as much as Sh 2 million in their accounts.
However, the Ministry of Education used the number of students who took the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) in 2022 rather than the present Grade 7 enrollment to determine financing.
Only the junior secondary’s operating and tuition accounts have received funded thus far. The infrastructure account hasn’t received any money yet.
Eunice Khaemba, the county director of education for Homa Bay, issued a warning to all administrators of junior high and high schools.
“Reference is made to Regulation 54 (1-2) of the Public Finance Management Regulations 2015, which states that: (1) A company’s accounting officer may not approve payments to be made out of funds designated for specific activities for purposes other than those activities, unless specifically permitted by the Act and those regulations. According to Eunice, who is quoting from a Ministry of Education Circular that the Ps released, “(2) A public servant who makes payment in violation of paragraph (1) commits an offense under the Act.
She issued a warning to school administrators not to use the junior secondary monies without legal authorization from the Ministry of Education.
This letter is intended to draw your attention to the fact that no school should use funds deposited into junior secondary school bank accounts unless they have obtained a circular from the Ministry of Education defining the various vote heads under which they should be used.
http://www.education.go.ke/ is the MoE website.
Many head teachers at elementary schools are grateful for the chance to oversee such a sizable sum of money.
The money will be managed by the primary school principals who are now serving as acting principals of junior secondary schools and their boards of management (BOM).
A whopping sh. 9.6 billion will be made available, according to the government, for junior secondary education.
Headteachers at JSS are cautioned against abusing capitation funds.
This action was taken to provide Sh15,000 per pupil as capitation to support free junior secondary education in public schools.
Moreover, sh 4,000 was to be used to upgrade the facilities of the institution. The money for infrastructure, however, have not yet been made available.