The government had disbursed a total of Sh 67 billion to learners in public primary and secondary schools as of January 2023.
Education Cs Ezekiel Machogu, announced that Sh7.9 billion was allocated for the Free Primary Education Programme, benefiting nine million learners in public primary schools.
The government provided Sh14.7 billion for one million Junior Secondary School learners since January this year.
Additionally, Sh44.4 billion was spent on the capitation of 3.7 million learners enrolled in Free Day Secondary Education.
Machogu added that in the past month, the government has been receiving and processing applications for loans, bursaries, and scholarships from students.
On October 4, 2023, the government, through the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), disbursed Sh10.5 billion for tuition and upkeep loans to continuing students enrolled in universities and TVET institutions under the old funding model.
He disclosed that the upkeep loans for 206,123 undergraduate and 72,546 TVET continuing students under the Old Higher Education Funding Model have been disbursed to students through their preferred payment channels.
“Each of the benefitting students in university receives a minimum loan of Sh37, 000 and a maximum of Sh60, 000. On the other hand, each successful TVET trainee is awarded an average of Sh40, 000 per annum” stated Machogu.
In September 2023, the government allocated grants worth Sh8.4 billion as capitation to students in public universities and Sh441 million for continuing students in private universities.
A total of Sh1.3 billion was distributed as capitation to continuing trainees in various TVET Colleges.
The CS noted that on July 31, 2023, the government initiated the student application process for higher education scholarships and loans for the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination cohort placed in universities and TVET institutions for the 2023/2024 Academic Year.
As of October 4th, 2023, a total of 238,714 applications had been submitted. Machogu mentioned that 269,112 students were placed by KUCCPS in universities and TVET institutions, making them eligible for Government funding. This implies that 3,608 and 26,790 students placed in universities and TVET institutions, respectively, are yet to apply.