Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang assured secondary school Head Teachers on Monday (19/06/17) that the Government will put proper guidelines in place before the official rolling-out of free secondary education next year.
Mr Kipsang indicated that treasury has already allocated Sh7 billion for improving infrastructure in public schools.
According to Kipsang, the funds will be used for building more schools, laboratories and sanitary facilities in all public schools to enable smooth implementation of Free Secondary Education (FSE).
He noted the Government will consult with the relevant authorities on how to introduce a new education system that will not mess the current education sector.
The Education PS was addressing the participants of the 42 Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) annual conference in Mombasa.
KESSHA Association Chairman Indimuli Kah, however, said the Government must ensure policy issues are addressed before rolling-out the program.
He pointed to the reality that most schools lack the necessary infrastructure and teachers to cope with a sharp rise in admissions. “We must ensure our facilities are expanded. Secondly, we must ensure we have enough teachers. As it is the teacher-student ratio is unsatisfactory.”
Both Jubilee and the National Super Alliance (NASA) have promised to ensure that all children in public primary schools transit into public secondary school without having to drop out due to financial problems, if they are elected in the August election.
Speaking in Lamu last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta assured free secondary education in public schools from January 2018.
“We want to ensure free education from Standard One to Form Four from January next year. The government has set aside Sh5 billion to refurbish secondary schools. From January no child will pay fees,” said the President.
Speaking in Isiolo last month, NASA flagbearer Raila Odiga and running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula, pledged to boost the education sector by making it available and affordable to all.