September 15th 2020 – The Government has allocated 1.9 Billion shillings, under the Economic Stimulus Programme, for the supply of locally assembled desks to public primary and secondary schools, ahead of the expected schools reopening.
In a statement, released today by the Ministry of Education, the government has delegated the production and supply of the desks to the country’s Juakali sector.
To ensure there is transparency and fairness in the process, the Ministry of Education and that of the Interior, say they will adopt a model similar to that of the Kazi Mtaani Initiative, to identify and pay qualifying individuals.
Applicants involved in Juakali and artisan, are required to register using forms that can be downloaded from both the Education and Interior Ministries, or collect them from the offices of the Deputy County Commissioners and Assistant County Commissioners countrywide. Duly forms are expected to be returned to the abovementioned offices, by the 18th of September, 2020.
In May, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the 53.7 eight-point economic stimulus aiming at cushioning the country’s economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The second element of the program was dedicated to the education sector, where the Ministry of Education was allocated an additional budget of Ksh 6.5 billion
“I know the anxiety weighing on the minds of parents and their children in regard to when schools will reopen. We will, in the very near future, be communicating the hiring of 10,000 teachers and 1,000 ICT interns to support digital learning,” said President Uhuru.
“The program will also support the improvement of school infrastructure, including the acquisition of 250,000 locally fabricated desks in order to get thousands of our graduates off the bench and into action while local artisans and builders businesses are supported,” he added.
Last month, the Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, during a Covid-19 conference with the governors, said that the reopening of schools requires a joint approach from the national government to the counties and other stakeholders.
He further urged the county governments and donors to step up and in an effort in the preparedness ahead of schools reopening.