8 January 2018

Kenya: First Students Under Free Secondary Programme Report Tuesday

Nairobi — The first batch of Form 1 students under the Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) programme are expected to report to various schools starting Tuesday.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang further said the government has already sent out Sh29.5 billion for the programme, which is helping to achieve a 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school level.

He stated that the government has further released Sh7.5 billion for printing and supply of six core textbooks.

"The funds disbursed to schools will cover all the tuition and other operations as per guidelines for each student enrolled in secondary schools irrespective of whether they are enrolled in sub-county, county, extra-county or national schools," he said.

For schools with boarding facilities, national schools and extra-county schools in the urban centres of Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret will charge Sh53,554 while all other boarding schools will charge Sh40,435.

He advised children from needy and vulnerable families to seek financial assistance for the boarding component from alternative government and private interventions that include Constituency Development Fund, County Government bursary funds, Equity Bank Foundation, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation and Cooperative Bank among other charities.


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