The State Department for Basic Education has announced the impending delivery of Sh16.25 billion for Free Secondary Education capitation, accounting for 25% of the total overdue amount owing to public secondary schools across the country. This amount is part of the Sh65 billion set aside for Free Secondary Education capitation in the current fiscal year.

During an appearance before the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, PS Belio Kipsang disclosed the government’s commitment to disbursing the outstanding capitation owed to secondary schools.

He stated, “Our aim is to ensure that by the end of this quarter, we can disburse 50 per cent. We anticipate that the allocated amount will be deposited into respective accounts within the next 10 days.”

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) raised concerns over the delayed release of capitation fees, highlighting the challenges faced by teachers in managing public schools amidst financial constraints.

PS Kipsang clarified that the revised capitation amount per student, reduced to Sh17,000 from Sh22,224, aims to accommodate all students. He emphasized that the capitation is designated for tuition-related expenses and does not include provisions for student meals.