Teachers employed by Board of Management in public schools will now have something to smile at, after the government released Free Day Secondary Education Funds(FDSE).
The Ministry of education will support teachers employed by Board of Management (BoM) as 15th March 2020 for five(5) months only starting August to December 2020 by paying them Kshs 10,000 per month.
Dr. Belio Kipsang who is permanent secretary in the ministry of education said that, “each teacher must sign for the money personally and records kept for later auditing.”
He also added that payment should be made monthly and not in advance and that schools with BoM teachers will receive a separate commensurate disbursement based on data obtained from the Teachers Service Commission into their operation account.
In a circular dated 20th August, 2020, Education Permanent Secretary(PS), Dr. Belio Kipsang stated that Free Day Secondary Education Funds(FDSE) were released at a capitation rate of Kshs. 5151 per student.
Dr. Belio Kipsang also stated that, “the data used for this capitation was extracted from National Educational Management Information System(NEMIS) on Wednesday 5th August, 2020 at 2.50pm.”
According to the circular, Belio Kipsang noted that Kshs. 3,226 should be utilized in payment of salaries to non-teaching staff, water and electricity bills as well as administrative costs up to December 2020.
“In January 2020, the Ministry of Education(MoE) released 50% of FDSE funds to schools. These funds included P.E funds up to June, 2020. In this regard, Kshs. 3,226 should be utilized in payment of salaries to non-teaching staff, water and electricity bills as well as administrative costs up to December 2020,” noted PS Belio.
The government also allocated additional Kshs 500 per learner, in a bid to help schools prepare in conformity to COVID-19 guidelines, ahead of reopening in January 2021.
“Total annual allocation for Maintenance and Improvement(M&I) was Kshs. 5,000, of which Kshs. 4,000 was disbursed in January 2020. An additional Kshs. 500 per learner has been released to enable schools prepare for reopening in January 2021 to conform to COVID-19 guidelines,” read part of the circular signed by Dr. Belio.
Education PS further said that owing to the addition of Kshs 500, the content of the circular dated 26 November 2019 on allocation of Maintenance and Improvement(M&I), will change to Kshs 4,500.