Raila Urges Govt To Release All Monies Owed To Schools

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has urged the government to release all monies owed to schools and capitation at the approved rate of Sh22,244 per child for the financial year 2023/2024.

Odinga claimed that there is a big disconnect between what the government says and what is implemented, faulting remarks made by President Wiliam Ruto in his New Year message to Kenyans stating that his administration had increased allocations to the education sector and enhanced learners’ capitation in Primary and secondary schools.

“In his New Year address, Hon. William Ruto openly lied to parents, teachers and the children of Kenya that his administration had increased allocations to the education sector and enhanced capitation for all learners. Well, on Monday, learning will resume in primary and secondary schools to a very different reality,” Odinga said.

He stated that the Kenya Kwanza administration has failed to enhance funding for free education.

“So, which funding did the Kenya Kwanza government increase? If funding has been increased, why is the Medical (NHIF Eduafya) program running into trouble? Is the regime funding corruption or learners? Is Kenya Kwanza funding real or ghost learners and schools? he questioned.

According to him, the government subsidy for Free Day Secondary Education fell way below the requirement in the 2022/2023 Financial year noting that the government’s data indicate that the country had a total of 3,690,376 learners who required sh. 82, 088,723,744 in funding. But the government approved only sh. 64,421,865,698.

Of this approved amount, only sh. 64,421,850,160.01 was actually disbursed to schools, leaving a deficit of sh17, 666,873,584 leaving 794,231 students without any form of funding.

“In the Financial Year 2022/2023, the Ruto administration disbursed only sh.17, 339.00 instead of sh. 22,244 per child. Ruto owes each child on this program some sh.4, 905.00. The total money owed to schools from the Financial Year 2022/2023 is sh.18,101,294,80,” he said.

He revealed that in the 2023/2024 Financial Year, the government disbursed only sh3, 327.87 per child instead of sh.22, 244, a mere 14 percent of the required amount.

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