The government has already released money for free education to all public primary and secondary schools, Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha has said.
The CS said the funds totalling Sh18.6 billion should hit schools accounts by Thursday in a move that is expected to ensure smooth reopening and learning in public schools countrywide.
Speaking while on a tour of Githwariga Primary School in Nyeri County on Tuesday morning, Magoha said any arising delays could only be attributed to normal banking processes.
He called on headteachers to use the funds for the purpose they are meant for, adding that it was not so much about the quantity but how well the money is spent.
“This money belongs to the children,” he said and warned school heads against sending learners home over unpaid development fees, saying the move was against the government policy of ensuring all learners remain in school and acquire education.
“If anybody has any details of any teacher who is bold enough to send a child home because of development money, give us that information and we will act swiftly,” he said, and also expressed satisfaction with the progress of schools reopening.
“The narrative that children were not reporting back to school and that the rate of reporting was at 50 per cent is not correct,” Magoha said.
He said most schools had reported a return rate of over 90 per cent and exuded confidence of attaining 100 per cent in coming days.
The CS also expressed satisfaction with the measures put in place by schools to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, including masking of learners, social distancing, as well as providing adequate hand-washing points.
He added that the government would chip in to assist in masking learners in slum areas and those in very populous schools countrywide.
He nonetheless asked school heads to be innovative and utilise their compounds, especially tree shades, to conduct lessons as a way of reducing congestion in classes.
“I challenge teachers in schools without sufficient classrooms to explore other options including conducting lessons under trees,” the CS said.