The government has allocated 628.6 Billion Shillings to the education sector in the new budget, 4.8 Billion of the total amount will be allocated for the recruitment of 20,000 TSC intern teachers and KSh 1.1 billion set aside for teachers’ promotion
While presenting the Budget to the National Assembly Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u announced that KSh 316.7 billion will be allocated to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), KSh 97.5 billion to university education, and KSh 30.3 billion for the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
Additionally, KSh 2.7 billion will be allocated for the Kenya Secondary Education Quality Improvement project, while KSh 5.2 billion will support the funding of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students.
To foster technical vocational education training and entrepreneurship, KSh 980 million is proposed, along with KSh 1.5 billion to promote youth employment and vocational training. KSh 749 million will be allocated for research, science, technology, and innovation endeavors.
KSh 12.5 billion will be designated for free primary education, while KSh 65.4 billion will be allocated for free day secondary school education, including insurance coverage and contributions to the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) for secondary school students.
A total of KSh 25.5 billion will be directed towards junior secondary school funding, KSh 5 billion will support the waiver of examination fees.
KSh 4.9 billion will be allocated for the school feeding program, and KSh 940 million will be dedicated to providing sanitary towels.
Furthermore, Njuguna proposes a budget allocation of KSh 1.3 billion to train teachers on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), along with KSh 400 million for the digital literacy program and integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in secondary schools.
To support infrastructure development and ensure safe learning environments, Njuguna suggests allocating KSh 6 billion to primary and secondary school infrastructure, including the construction of classrooms.
In the realm of technical training, this proposal includes the provision of KSh 1.9 billion for the construction and equipment of technical training institutes and vocational training centers, encompassing junior secondary schools.
Further, an additional KSh 1.8 billion is proposed to enhance access and improve the quality of technical and vocational training programs through the East Africa Skills Transformation and Regional Integration project.