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GOVERNMENT RELEASES 22 BILLION FOR FREE EDUCATION

The ministry of education has disbursed Sh 22.24 billion to public primary and secondary schools for free basic education for the new term.

According to a statement from the ministry, a total of Sh16.1 billion is for public day secondary schools which have 2,496,735 students in 8,361 schools and Sh6.3 billion is for 8,879,685 pupils in 21,953 public primary schools.

Each secondary school student will get Sh6, 435, which is the 50 per cent they are entitled to.

The ministry has also sent Sh499, 347,000 to Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology in Africa (CEMASTEA) for Strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE).

The free primary education was introduced in 2003, which tremendously increased in the number of children who enrolled in school.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014 announced that the government will provide completely free secondary school education in the next three years.

The free primary and secondary education is part of government strategy to increase universal access to basic education.

Education CS Fred Matiang’i also announced in December last year that the government will from 2017 pay examination fees for all candidates, whether they are in public or private schools.

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