Kenyan Secondary Schools at Risk of Early Closure Due to Funding Shortage

During a teachers’ conference in the beautiful city of Mombasa, our pal Kahi Indimuli, the big boss of Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA), dropped a bombshell. He warned that if the government doesn’t cough up the capitation funds, learning could come to a screeching halt.

Imagine this: schools struggling to put food on the table for hungry students. It’s a sad reality we’re facing. Kahi spilled the beans (pun intended) and revealed that capitation is the number one headache right now. The government’s financing model for free secondary education, with its fancy 50:30:20 ratio for terms one, two, and three, is causing chaos. Some schools are still waiting for their fair share of the Sh22,244 allocation. It’s like waiting for a bus that never arrives!

But wait, there’s more! Our brave school principals have gathered in Mombasa for the 46th KESSHA conference, where they’re discussing the challenges faced by both Junior and Senior Secondary Schools.

Now, here’s the punchline. The cost of food has skyrocketed, leaving schools with empty pockets. Can you believe they’re forking out a staggering Sh20,000 for a measly 50kg bag of beans? And don’t even get me started on the price of maize, which can cost anywhere between Sh7,000 and Sh8,000. Talk about breaking the bank just to fill hungry bellies!

To add insult to injury, those sneaky suppliers are playing hardball. They want cold, hard cash upfront before supplying beans, maize, and other essential goodies. They’re tired of those bouncing cheques, you see. It’s a tough world out there, my friends!

Our schools are in dire straits, and the poor school heads are feeling the pressure. They’re dealing with empty coffers and high food prices. It’s enough to make your head spin!


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