Funds Released for Free Day Secondary Education

The Government has released sh. 29.5 billion for the Free Day Secondary Education programme ahead of the reporting dates.

The first batch of form one students under the FDSE is scheduled to report on January, 9, in various schools across the country.

The government has also released sh. 7.5B for the printing and supply of books for six core subjects; Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

In a statement, Principal Secretary State Department of Basic Education, Belio Kipsang said in addition to releasing funds, the government is also improving infrastructure in schools to help achieve a 100 percent transition from primary into secondary school level.

Funds disbursed to schools will cover all the tuition and operations as per guidelines for each student enrolled in secondary schools irrespective of whether they are enrolled in a sub-county, county, extra-county or national schools, said Kipsang.

He said schools with boarding facilities, National schools and Extra-county schools in the urban centres of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret will charge each student sh. 53,554.

He also directed all other boarding schools to charge each student sh. 40,435 for the boarding component.

Children from needy families that may not be able to raise the stipulated fees have been advised to seek financial assistance from government and private institutions.

The financial institutions include the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), County Government bursary funds, Equity bank foundation, Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation, Cooperative bank and the Jomo Kenyatta foundation.

Source: Kenya News Agency