Statement By Education Minister on FDSE

27 February 2013 by website

 I wish to announce that my Ministry has now received a total of Kshs.9, 872,285,454.00 from the Treasury meant for the Free Day Secondary Education Funds for first term 2013. The subsidy constitutes 50% of the total allocation of the programme for this financial year which is Kshs.10, 265 per child. The funds will benefit a total of 1,923,089 learners in 6, 654 public secondary schools across the country.


As you are aware, Chapter 4 Article 53(b) of the Constitution now obligates the state to provide free and compulsory education. This is in line with the Free Primary and Free Day Secondary Education Programmes that the Government introduced in 2003 and 2008 respectively, is a step towards partly fulfilling this Constitutional obligation.  The subsidy is meant to ease the burden parents’ bear in providing education to their children.


I would like to point out that any additional levies, over and above the fees guidelines the Ministry has given out towards financing secondary education in public schools, should be in line with stipulated guidelines. Arbitrary levies on parents without the due process of law will be in violation of the Basic Education Act 2012 and I advise School Boards of Management to adhere to the law.  


My Ministry is also financing other educational programmes designed to sustain access, retention, transition   and improve on provision of basic quality education. In this regard, I also wish to announce that this financial year, my Ministry has also disbursed a total of Kshs. 49.93 million meant to support identified needy public secondary schools in pockets of poverty in otherwise high potential areas. A total of 156 schools are expected to benefit each receiving Kshs. 320, 064.00.  We have also received a total of Kshs. 30 million which has been set aside for Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) regions.  The funds will go towards two needy schools in each ASAL District.

A summary of the allocations for Free Day Secondary including infrastructure grants for this term is as follows: -


1)  Secondary Education






Free Day Secondary Education Funds



ASAL Grants



Pockets of poverty






I wish to call upon all school heads to to conspicuously display on public notice boards within schools’ premises, the funds received and how they are spent. This is in the spirit of enhancing transparency and accountability. They should use the funds allocated responsibly and also remind them of the earlier directive by the Ministry that all funds received be acknowledged through GoK receipts.


Similarly, for FDSE, I call upon Principals to ensure that each benefiting student endorses returns for funds received to the Ministry, besides being issued with official receipt for each   disbursement. The Principals should submit to the Ministry the block receipt for funds received against each vote head. The documentations are essential in facilitating auditing of the expenditure for FPE and FDSE.  I call upon parents and communities in general to be vigilant and provide information regarding any misuse of funds to relevant Government organs.


May I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the staff of the Ministry of Education for the support and commitment they have accorded me through team work during my ten month tenure as Minister for Education.


Last but not least, may also take this opportunity to wish all our teachers, stakeholders and learners a pleasant teaching and learning experience throughout the year.


Thank you.



Signed by:






Hon. Mutula Kilonzo, EGH, EBS, MCIArb, SC, MP





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