- Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said negotiations with the Teachers Service Commission on hiring were ongoing.
- Dr Matiang’i also defended the Sh23.6 billion supplementary budget, saying the amount was critical in actualising Jubilee’s campaign pledges.
- Matiang'i said the ministry is working on capped limits that schools should charge parents ahead of January.
A total of 10,000 teachers are set to be recruited in anticipation of an increased number of students as the government prepares to roll out free secondary education in January.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said negotiations with the Teachers Service Commission on hiring were ongoing.
Dr Matiang’i also defended the Sh23.6 billion supplementary budget, saying the amount was critical in actualising Jubilee’s campaign pledges. Dr Matiang’i appeared before a special committee of the National Assembly that is scrutinising the budget.
The amount is part of the Sh46 billion approved by the Cabinet to fund the project and does not include the hiring of the extra teachers.
Dr Matiang’i said the approval of the funding will drastically reduce the fees paid by students in boarding secondary school as the ministry intended to increase the capitation per student from the current Sh12,870 to Sh22,241.
“The new capitation measures mean that even boarding schools, no matter their status, will be extremely affordable for all. We will expect that their fees will immediately drop,” Dr Matiang’i told the committee chaired by Kipkelion East MP Joseph Limo.
He also resisted attempts by the MPs to cede Sh1.4 billion meant for secondary school infrastructure to be administered through the National Constituency Development Fund as conditional grants, saying such a move would only be sanctioned after consultation with the Treasury.