Gov’t disburses Free Day Secondary Education funds

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Secondary students doing exams. KNEC has released revised KCPE and KCSE examinations timetable./COURTESY

Even with closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected 2020 school calendar, the Ministry of Education has released Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) funds at a capitation rate of sh.5,151 per student.

A circular from Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang to Regional Coordinators of Education and County Directors of Education, indicates that the capitation was extracted from National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) earlier this month.

With regards to payment of teachers hired by Boards of Management, as at 15th March 2020 when schools were closed, the Education PS said that the ministry will give them financial support of sh.10,000 per month for six months, from July to December 2020.

“Each teacher must sign for the money personally and records kept for later auditing. Payment should be made monthly and not in advance, Schools with BOM teachers will receive a separate commensurate disbursement based on the data obtained from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in to their operation account. Only teachers with TSC numbers will benefit from this package. This circular supersedes the one dated 20th August, 2020,” he said.

He said all principals must acknowledge receipt of funds by issuing official school receipts to the Principal Secretary, State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education for both Tuition and Operation Accounts with copies to the Sub County Directors (SCDEs) and County Directors of Education (CDEs); acknowledging receipt of funds through NEMIS by uploading a copy of the official receipt for both accounts where applicable.

The principals should also ensure they provide to the County Director of Education through the Sub- County Director of Education an allocation of funds dully signed by individual students and having Individual students sign form-lists that show their admission numbers and full names as in the admission register and the amount awarded.

The lists should be attached to the payment voucher kept in the school as per procedure and every student issued with a school official receipt for the allocation.

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