Pain for 20,000 Students Who Missed Government Capitation
Despite attending courses and eating, more than 200,000 secondary school pupils do not receive government assistance.
MPs were shocked when Ezekiel Machogu, the cabinet secretary for education, revealed that some 212,300 secondary school students have not received capitation in “some time now.”
He attributed this to the National Education Management Information System‘s (NEMIS) shortcomings in collecting student data.
According to Machogu, this pattern might continue until all relevant information about these students has been recorded.
Some students rely on their peers’ capitation fees, according to him, because of the questions and contradictions surrounding their birth certificates.
According to Machogu, learners occasionally exchange birth certificate serial numbers, which calls into question the precision and comprehensiveness of NEMIS data.
According to Machogu, birth documents are occasionally absent, which causes the registration of students’ information in the government system to be incomplete.
As a result, additional students whose data has been collected and who are receiving government capitation are being supported and using their resources by these students.
Thousands of students are burdened by those who receive capitation, secondary school leaders revealed on Tuesday, adding to the financial crisis facing schools.
The heads said that schools are required to keep pupils in school at the expense of others through the chairman of their organisations, Kahi Indimuli.
“We continue to keep the students in the schools because learners cannot expel them because the funding error might not have been their fault.” According to Indimuli, they must consume the same food as those who have received funding.
Indimuli claims that the issue essentially comes down to schools with small student populations being forced to lower the ratio of service delivery to students.
Imagine there were no other funding options save capitation for 200 of the 500 pupils in a day school, he said.
Indimuli also claims that because of mistakes made by the government, schools continue to owe money for services provided to pupils.
The distribution of birth certificates and serial numbers has a problem. There must be a way to link serial numbers to the counties where these services are offered if they decentralise the issuance of these documents. said Indimuli.
Machogu said last week in Parliament that the amount of students who are fully registered in the government database affects how many schools receive funds.
Students who are fully registered on NEMIS, that is, who have birth certificates and parental information, are given capitation by the ministry.
There is a concern of insufficient funding in some schools since some pupils are enrolled in school but are not fully registered on NEMIS, Machogu added.
All students are registered, he said, but only those who have the required paperwork are fully registered and given access to government services.
“Both learners with and without birth certificates may be registered in the NEMIS. According to him, individuals who have birth certificates are fully registered, whilst those who do not have them are only partially so.
Mary Emase, a representative for Teso in the House of Representatives, demanded that the Secretary of State (CS) list the measures that have been implemented to guarantee that low-income children who are unable to afford the lunch fee scheme stay in school and receive nourishing meals.
Emase claimed that Junior Secondary school administrators have a responsibility to make sure that no student is dismissed for failing to pay the lunch cost, which is typically Sh15,000 at these schools.
According to Machogu, who pointed out that the capitation only reflects tuition fees, parents are responsible for supporting their children in school.
The Junior Secondary Programme currently only offers capitation for the tuition component, according to Machogu.
Pain for 20,000 Students Who Missed Government Capitation.