Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has said that schools will receive capitation funds by Friday, June 9, 2023.
This comes after school heads raised an alarm over food shortage in schools saying they might soon be forced to close.
The Cs was speaking on Wednesday when answering questions from Members of Parliament who queried him on the ongoing food shortage in school occasioned by the high cost of living coupled with a delay of capitation funds by the government.
“I would like to inform all the MPs here that capitation funds which are the tune of Sh28 billion, the treasury was supposed to have given the funds before Friday last week but there was a delay,” Machogu said.
Machogu said he has liaised with the Treasury to release the funds since the issue is not only concerning him but the entire country.
“And I wish to report to the honourable members and the country as a whole that indeed he has confirmed that by tomorrow, the funds will be in the ministry and then thereafter, we will be able to disburse the same to all the schools countrywide,” Machogu said.
“And I hope by Friday of this week our schools will be able to receive capitation funds… We are sorry for the delay but by the end of the week, the money should be in the accounts of the schools.”
Addressing the cost of living that has affected schools’ ability to buy food said, schools should compare prizes in the market with those of Kenya National Trading Corporation and buy from them.