Schools in debts over one hundred per cent form one transition policy.
By Judy Jerono
One hundred percent transition has caused schools to go broke due to the high number of students joining form one.
A section of school principals interviewed by Citizen TV said that they have huge debts instigated by the large number of students being admitted in schools adding that, the government has not released the funds.
Some principals said they currently face challenges since some suppliers have pulled out of the schools for not receiving their payments affecting normal operations in the institutions.
“We have not received money under the current form one students in our schools. Finding a way to fill the gap in terms of financing the difference is a challenge,” one principal told Citizen TV.
One of the suppliers said they intended to stop supplying goods and services to schools for not being paid but some principals asked them to be given more time to clear the funds.
“We were contemplating stopping supplying goods and services to schools because there is no money to pay us back. However, some principals are pleading with us not to pull out as it will affect the institutions,” a supplier said.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha had warned schools principals against sending students home due to lack of school fees adding that the government had released Ksh. 16 billion to both public primary and secondary schools.
“One thing that we also do is that we always love our children and the government is doing everything to ensure there is capitation of every child in public schools and we always ensure that that money is in schools before they open,” Magoha explained.
Magoha had promised that the government shall work diligently to ensure that all the 2021 KCPE candidates join Form One in the spirit of the 100 per cent transition policy.