Kenyan School Fund Expropriated By School Heads
Anti-corruption commission says a large chunk of Kenyan school fund – billions of Kenyan shillings allocated to ensure free primary school education for children in the East African state – has been expropriated.
The report by the commission shows that a good number of schools embarked on illegal deals with parents and used the money to give loans to parents, while some head teachers used the money to fund foreign trips.
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Reports released in the presence of education Minister Fred Matiangi at a meeting also shows that some schools fake payment documents for items not delivered and that a headteacher helped himself with Sh100,000 and had refused to repay it since.
EACC Chairman Halakhe Waqo said the teachers who made off with Kenyan school fund will be held responsible for the act. He said:
“We need to audit the funds given to schools, and we will have capacity-building programs to help with this.”
The CS said the programs will be for teachers and other stakeholders in the Education sector.
The Ethics and anti-corruption commission report alleges that the stolen cash was for the year 2013, just when FPE turned 10 years old. The cash for Education first came to being in 2003, with each child entitled to Sh1,020 per year.
In 2014, the government added a leg up to FPE making it Sh1,420 in order to cater for the enrollment of about 10 million children in about 23,000 public primary schools. Mathematically, this translate into Sh14 billion every year.
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The FPE fund is set aside for school instructional materials, and the general purpose account which previously received an allocation of Sh650 and Sh350 respectively, amounting to Sh1,020.
With the increase of the Kenyan school fund to Sh1,420, the general purpose account is said to have a bigger share of the Sh400 increment. The Secondary fund has been increased to Sh12,870 and currently benefits about 2.3 million students in about 8,000 secondary schools.
Every year Sh30 billion is released to the Secondary School programme.
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In 2009, a forensic audit by Treasury found that between Sh4.6 billion to Sh8.2 billion, which consist of mostly donor cash for FPE for the period between 2005 and 2009, could not be accounted for at Education ministry level.
Speaking at the Integrity Centre on Wednesday, Matiang’i said the ministry has set up a reliable committee that will function with EACC to stop further loss of public fund.
The report on Kenyan school fund comes after several foreign donors withheld their funding towards free primary school education, citing deep-rooted corruption among head teachers and state officials.