Education CS Ezekiel Machogu announced on Wednesday that schools would receive capitation funds by Friday, June 9, 2023.
Cs Machogu acknowledged a delay in the disbursement of funds while responding to questions from Members of Parliament.
“I want to inform all the MPs here that the treasury was supposed to have given the funds before last week’s Friday, but there was a delay,” Machogu stated.
Machogu emphasized that he had collaborated with the Treasury to expedite the release of capitation funds, as this issue affects the entire country.
“I can confirm to the honorable members and the entire nation that he has assured me that the funds will be in the ministry tomorrow. Subsequently, we will distribute the funds to all schools across the country,” Machogu reported.
“I anticipate that our schools will receive the capitation funds by Friday of this week. We apologize for the delay, but we expect the money to be in the schools’ accounts by the end of the week,” he added.
This development arose after school heads expressed their concerns about the challenges they faced in keeping students in school due to high commodity prices and delays in releasing capitation funds.
Headteachers and principals urged the government to promptly disburse the school capitation funds, warning that failure could force institutions to close down. They highlighted the urgent need for government intervention, as they were compelled to purchase supplies on credit due to a cash shortage.
According to Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba, who also serves as the national chairman of the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, schools have initiated the practice of food rationing for students, which he considers to be of utmost importance.