FUNDS

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has since asked the government for funds to recruit 40,000 teachers to support 100 percent transition.

Schools will receive Sh16 billion to improve existing infrastructure.

The funds are expected to ensure that all the candidates the ministry is placing in secondary schools have the resources they need for learning.

The government allocates Sh22,244 to every student enrolled in a public school.

At the same time, an MP wants the reporting date of Form One students extended by another two weeks, saying, today’s deadline is too strenuous for parents who have just come out of a financially demanding festive season.

BURSARY

Uriri lawmaker Mark Nyamita also said in a letter to Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed that the Constituency Development Fund Board, whose bursary kitty a majority of students rely on, is yet to release money to the constituencies.

Proposing the extension of the reporting date, the MP added: “Alternatively, the Ministry of Education should release an urgent memo directing all school heads to admit all students notwithstanding the fees payment.”

He noted that parents from the sugar belt regions are still waiting for their pending cane dues.

Mr Nyamita expressed concern that many bright students, who lack fees, risk being locked out if the ministry fails to extend the reporting dates.

“We risk having bright but needy students missing their hard-earned slots due to ministerial policies that can otherwise be made compatible with prevailing economic circumstances,” Mr Nyamita said.

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