School heads across the country can now breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to President Ruto’s administration’s recent announcement of allocating Sh16 billion for capitation. This timely intervention comes after headteachers and principals had raised concerns and even threatened to disrupt examination preparations due to funding challenges.

Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang shared the breakdown of these funds, ensuring transparency and clarity in the disbursement process. Junior schools will receive Sh1.75 billion, while primary schools will get Sh1.56 billion, addressing the critical needs at the foundational level of education. However, the bulk of the funds, amounting to Sh16.24 billion, will be allocated to funding secondary schools under the Free Day Secondary Education program. This significant allocation aims to ensure that secondary schools have the resources necessary to provide quality education and maintain their day-to-day operations.

Empowering education involves not only investing in infrastructure but also addressing the day-to-day needs of schools. Without adequate funding, schools struggle to provide essential services, purchase learning materials, and pay teachers, leading to disruptions in the learning process. President Ruto’s administration recognizes these challenges and has taken decisive action to provide the necessary financial support to our schools.

One of the key pillars of President Ruto’s education agenda is the Free Day Secondary Education program, which aims to make secondary education accessible to all Kenyan children. The substantial allocation of Sh16.24 billion to this program demonstrates the government’s commitment to removing barriers that hinder access to quality secondary education. This funding will ensure that secondary schools can continue to offer education without imposing undue financial burdens on students and their families.

In addition to addressing immediate funding needs, President Ruto’s administration has also been working to improve the quality of education in Kenya. Initiatives such as curriculum reforms, massive teacher recruitment, and the provision of modern learning materials are all part of the broader effort to enhance the educational experience for our children.

The allocation of Sh16 billion for capitation is a clear indication that President Ruto is not just making empty promises; he is taking concrete steps to fulfill his commitment to education empowerment. This funding will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of students, teachers, and school administrators, ensuring that our education system continues to thrive.

As we celebrate this significant investment in education, it’s essential to acknowledge that it is a collective effort. The collaboration between the Ministry of Education, the National Treasury, and the President’s leadership has made this allocation possible. It underscores the importance of a united government working towards a common goal – providing quality education to all Kenyan children.