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Review free secondary education policy, lobby urges state

Otundo says capitation channeled to all students unfair to learners from poor families

In Summary
  • Rachael Otundo wants policy amended to exclude learners from upper and middle class families to the benefit of the vulnerable.
  • She noted the government can save the money and pay for learners from humble backgrounds.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha commissions reconstruction of Sh30 million Salabani Primary School in Baringo South by Child Fund International on Monday, August 30, 2021
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha commissions reconstruction of Sh30 million Salabani Primary School in Baringo South by Child Fund International on Monday, August 30, 2021
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Gusii Governance Watch, a non-governmental organisation, has urged the government to amend policy on Free Secondary Education funds to favour learners from poor backgrounds.

Secretary Rachael Otundo said the capitation channelled to all students in secondary schools was unfair to learners from poor families, whose parents are struggling to feed them.

“Some parents in the upper and middle class are able to pay fees for their children and the policy should be amended so that they are excluded and the funds benefit the vulnerable,” Otundo said.

She noted the government can save money and pay for learners from humble backgrounds so that the hundred per cent transition from primary to secondary schools can be achieved.

“There is no need for top-up from the government to families which can afford to pay fees. Some are even sponsoring children from poor families” she added.

The activist noted that some children dropped out of secondary schools due to lack of fees, adding that the government is capable of supporting such children's education to help them exploit their potential

She challenged MPs and MCAs to compile the data of students from poor families admitted at colleges and universities and support them to join the institutions to further their education.

“I appeal to the elected leaders to support learners admitted to colleges and universities through various governments bursaries to ease the burden of their poor parents and guardians,” Otundo said.

Her remark comes three days after the media highlighted the plight of Janet Kwamboka, a student from Nyaribari Masaba constituency who scored A plain in last year’s KCSE examination but lacked fees to join the University of Nairobi to pursue a degree in medicine.

Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri, visited her family at Ibacho and donated Sh700,000 for the fees while Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Governor James Ongwae and Woman Rep Janet Ongera jointly donated Sh500,000.

-Edited by SKanyara