It is already becoming apparent that schools are choosing to close early, putting an end to the first term of the school year due to a lack of financial resources, even as issues arise over the coverage of the curriculum.

According to reports, a number of secondary schools may begin to close this week due to financial difficulties.

Jamhuri High school Nairobi

According to the most recent version of the educational calendar, the first term began on January 8, 2024, and ended on April 5, 2024.

Because of this, it is anticipated that schools will conclude on the following Friday, which will mark the completion of thirteen weeks of education.

However, as a result of the early closure, some schools have missed up to two weeks of instructional time, which may result in a race against the clock for the children as their instructors attempt to cover the subjects on the curriculum.

Naivasha Girls Secondary School has rescheduled its students' April 4 closure to a holiday break on March 28. The school had originally planned to shutter its doors on April 4.

A teacher at Naivasha Girls, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Standard that the board decided last week to close the school this week as part of savings measures after the government delayed disbursement of funds. "The school will be closed this week on March 28, 2024."

The children, scheduled to return to school for the second term on April 24th, will also receive an extended vacation lasting a full month.

The Ministry of Education has extended the holiday period from the original three weeks to a total of four weeks.

An additional spot reveals that the majority of schools in Nairobi are making preparations to let out the pupils prior to the observance of Good Friday. This is going to be the situation at Jamhuri High School and Huruma Girls Secondary School.

As a result of the economic recession, which has caused the majority of schools to have trouble managing their day-to-day operations, headteachers have indicated that the refusal of the government to disburse capitation is the cause of the situation.

The principals have stated that some parents' failure to pay their children's tuition has made the situation much more difficult.

At the start of the year, the National Treasury made available Sh31.34 billion in capital for the first term.

Free elementary education received a total allocation of 4.74 billion shillings, junior secondary schools received 7.6 billion shillings, and free day secondary schools received 16.2 billion shillings.

The government also provided a total of Sh2.8 billion to cover the costs associated with school examinations and invigilation.

However, this was only a small part of the total financial resources that the government was required to distribute.


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