Union official calls for disbursement of funds

Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT) Homa Bay County branch has expressed concern over failure by the government to remit on time adequate free primary education funds to schools.

County branch Chairman Mr. Patrick Were claimed that primary schools in the county had received only a small fraction of the funds they were allocated for this term.

The Government has disbursed only 14 per cent to schools instead of 30 per cent of the total amount they were supposed to remit this term, said Were.

Speaking to the press Thursday, Were accused the Government of failing to give an explanation to teachers and school management teams on why they had sent less funds.

It is unfortunate that the Government had sent less funds to schools without telling us when they will remit the remaining 16 per cent. We need an explanation on why it did this and when it will send the remaining amount, he added.

The chairman expressed dissatisfaction with the Government’s directive that part of the free primary education be given to sub county directors of education for co-curricular activities.

He said inadequacy of the funds would cause financial crisis in schools.

Were argued that this might culminate in a situation where head teachers lacked money to run schools.

What is happening is that head teachers might have to introduce fees and levies to parents a move that would put them in trouble with the government.

Source: Kenya News Agency