Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, on Friday, June 9, directed principals to use money paid by parents in the form of school fees rather than complain about the delay in capitation funds.
The CS, who spoke with Citizen TV, wondered why principals were focused on pushing the government to release the funds, yet they were privy to the channels that ought to be followed before Treasury disburses the money.
"Do you think the schools finished the stock out of the money paid in fees by this time?"
"I am not saying they would not get the money," Machogu explained.
He further clarified why schools were yet to receive the money despite the CS issuing countless promises.
According to the CS, the process of getting the funds from the Treasury was lengthy. Thus, schools had to be patient.
"We are sending out the capitation. To get the money, you must have the necessary details, which are later sent to the bank to begin the disbursement process," he stated.
"The money should reflect in the school accounts by Friday latest Saturday (June 10)," Machogu added.
However, Machogu revealed that only Ksh24 billion would be disbursed to the school, Ksh4 billion short of the promised amount.
"There is money for infrastructural development which is about Ksh2 billion, and another Ksh2 billion supposed to be for the school feeding programs," he elaborated.
While appearing in the National Assembly on Wednesday, June 7, the CS promised that all schools would receive the funds by Friday, June 9.
"I have received an undertaking from Treasury that our schools will be able to receive the capitation funds, by the end of the week," Machogu stated.
Other issues addressed by the CS before the Members of Parliament (MPs) were the school feeding programs and the distribution of sanitary towels to schools.
Machogu also addressed concerns about the guidelines for implementing Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) and constructing classrooms under the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) in Bonchari Constituency, Kisii County.
"The ministry has prioritised the construction of integrated resource centers and sanitation facilities in JSS Secondary Schools across the country," Machogu asserted.
"These centres will be designed as multipurpose facilities that will be used for teaching and learning," he added.