Government not ready to raise education capitation allocation- Magoha

The government has no intentions of raising the education capitation allocation which currently stands at 25.9 percent of the country’s budget, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has said.

Launching phase two CBC classrooms at Senior Chief Musa Nyandusi mixed secondary school in Kegati Ward, Kisii Central Sub county, Kisii County Thursday, the CS called for prudent use of available funds saying the budget was constrained until the new government finds means of raising more funds.

Prof. Magoha also urged contractors of CBC classrooms in the area to
fast track completion of the infrastructure as they were lagging behind other counties, some of which were at 100 percent completion.

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“Kisii County is at 80 percent unlike Central Kenya which is at 100 percent while Eastern was at 96 percent,” he said.

This he said would help increase the number of classrooms from 9,000 to10,000 once the programme is complete.

Prof. Magoha castigated those criticizing the ministry for retaining text book funds claiming that the government was providing the books to learners on a ratio of one to one.

Prof. Magoha had earlier visited Tambacha C.O.G. Day and boarding mixed secondary school in Marani Sub County where he commissioned two CBC classrooms and gave 20 computers to the school. He commended the sub county for attaining 100 percent in the completion of the facilities.

School principal Amos Maroria had cited inadequate computers among others challenges hampering computer studies at the school.

On school fees, the CS noted that parents were facing economic hardships although majority of them were positive on the fees payment after negotiations with the Government.

On the impending Kakamega and Mombasa counties gubernatorial elections on August 29 2022, Magoha urged the electoral body IEBC to honour its undertaking with the ministry not to establish tallying centers in boarding schools.

Stakeholders were instructed to be extra cautious and protect learners from any disruptions that could be occasioned by the polls.

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