The government has been put on the spot over a failure to allocate enough funds towards the achievement of the 100% primary to secondary school transition policy.
The policy which is one step towards attainment of universal basic education requires all parents or guardians of learners who sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) to ensure they proceed to secondary school.
Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi has accused the government of bulldozing parents through chiefs to achieve the transition while overlooking factors hampering the efficacy of the policy.
“This policy is not working since it has no corresponding budgetary allocation. Education cabinet secretary George Magoha should not just resort to issuing directives to parents,” Mr. Wanyonyi spoke at Maridadi secondary school while commissioning a storey tuition block.
The legislator said the ministry of education should develop a budgetary framework with respect to the policy and forward it to parliament for approval to address setbacks being faced.
“A failure to do so will only lower the quality of education since all schools are overpopulated since there seems to be too much focus on seeing an increase in numbers rather than the input,” said Mr. Wanyonyi.
Most public schools rely on funding by the National Government Community Development Fund NGCDF kitty to put up classes, dorms and laboratories among other developments.
ProfessorMagoha issued a directive recently requiring education field officers countrywide to coordinate with chiefs to ensure all Form One students report to their respective schools.
The secretary of the Kenya union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) in Trans Nzoia Lusweti Furaha urged the government to increase budgetary allocation to hire extra teachers to handle an increased workload owing to the 100% transition policy.
“There is also a need for infrastructural development in all schools to ensure there is no straining of resources by the students who are mostly forced to share facilities,” said Mr. Furaha.