School committees, board of governors warned against misuse of FPE fund.
Written by John Kabaka
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The form four candidates at the St. Paul's High School Lugari waiting for the literature paper on the day one of the examination. [Photo |File]
Barely a week after the government via the ministry of education released Sh7 billion to carter for affordable education, school management committees (SMC’s) and board of governors (BOG’’s) have been warned over misuse of the fund.
The acting PS in the ministry of education and the director of education professor George Godia in a speech read by his deputy director of education Abdi Hassan Abdi said the two bodies should exercise prudence and accountability in accordance with the existing regulations.
Senior Deputy Director of Education in the ministry of Education Abdi Hassan Abdi during the Western region education day held at the Kakamega School. [Photo | John Kabaka]
“I would like to appeal to the school management committees (SMCs) and the board of governors (BOGs) the bodies entrusted with the management of the school resources to exercise prudence and accountability in accordance with the existing regulations,” said Abdi Hassan.
Hassan also regretted that almost ten years after the inception of free primary education, the minimum pupil/book ratio has not been attained ion some schools although schools have continued to receive the same capitation for books.
“The committees should therefore, be able to manage school programme in line with the stipulated government regulation, it’s imperative that you safeguard government investment and ensure that the resources provided are used for the benefit of the child and in uplifting education standards in the schools under your supervision,” said Hassan.
Hassan made the remarks when he presided over the Western region education day held at the Kakamega School in Kakamega County.
He however, noted that the enrolment in primary schools has risen from 5.9 million pupils in 2003 to 9.3 million pupils in 2012, while the enrolment in secondary schools has risen from 1.1 million students in 2007 to 1.83 million in 2012.
He reminded parents that they have an obligation towards the education of their children.
“As parents we should not abdicate our responsibilities after taking the children to school, we should work in close consultation with the teachers to ensure that our children are disciplined so that they can reap maximum benefits from their stay in school,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, western region produced 15,094 university entry students in 2011 up from 11,995 in 2010.
The region had 149A plain,874 A- grades a rise in the number of top quality grades from 110 A plain and 615 A- grades in 2010.
Kiswahili was the best performed subject in the region with Mathematics and English rated as the worst performed.
Kimilili, Mumias and Matungu districts were the best performed districts while Mt Elgon was rated as the most improved district.