In Summary
  • Dr Kipsang said the government will continue to increase its budget due to education's critical role in development.
  • On resources, the PS admitted that not all schools have proper infrastructure but said the government will make changes.
  • Regarding the curriculum review, he said the government is ready to implement the competency-based programme next year for Standard One to Three.

The government will set aside Sh468 billion for the education sector in the next financial year in its bid to ensure all children have access to quality education.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang announced this on Thursday evening, noting the budget will continue to increase as the sector is key to development.

INVESTMENTS

The education sector was allocated Sh442 billion and Sh442 billion in the last two financial years.

In the current budget, technical education got Sh16 billion for more instructors and curriculum development while universities got Sh91 billion.

Some Sh2 billion was allocated to the school feeding programme and Sh5 billion to the hiring of more teachers in the basic education sector.

“The type of investment we have made is fairly competitive, [considering our level as a] country,” the PS said.

He spoke at the University of Nairobi during the Nation Media Group (NMG) Leadership Forum, whose theme was "Repurposing education for growth".

NEW CURRICULUM

Regarding the curriculum review, Dr Kipsang said the government was ready to implement the competency-based programme next year for Standard One to Three.

“Teacher capacity building isn't an event. It is a process. We have been training teachers in readiness for the rollout of the new curriculum,” he said.

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