Gov’t makes key changes on NGCDF and higher education funding.
Gov’t makes key changes; These changes were tabled to Parliament by the chair of the budget and appropriation committee, Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro.
The first change, the National Treasury will work with the Ministry of Education in overseeing development projects in schools.
The government also recognized Bandari Maritime Academy as a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution.
The institution was also cleared for application of higher education loans board fund, which they weren’t allowed before.
The committee stated,”The State Department for Shipping and Maritime Affairs will develop a policy framework with the Ministry of Education to ensure Bandari Maritime Academy students access capitation like their counterparts in other TVET institutions.”
The statement read,”The National Treasury in coordination with the Ministry of Education should develop a framework for the administration of the school infrastructure improvement funds as a conditional grant to NG-CDF to support school infrastructure development in all constituencies.”
The next change; the committee provided a work plan, that will increase funding in basic- level education institutes.
The statement read,”The State Department for Basic Education will initiate and spearhead the process of reviewing the capitation policy at the basic level of education to ensure adequate funding to schools.”
Following the changes and recommendations by the National Assembly, the government will no longer sponsor nor place government sponsored students, in private institutions.
This program that was started by the former president, Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017, was officially closed.
The statement read,” In the next cycle of placements (2023), the State Department for Higher Education and Research, KUCCPS, should not place new government-sponsored students in private universities,”
This comes after the education committee started that placement of Government sponsored students in private entities, had cost ksh. 8.7B in the last four years, moreover, no audit was ever made on how the money was being used.