Education CS: why the government won’t sponsor all the best KCPE candidates

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Parents will have to dig deeper after Education Minister Ezekiel Machogu confirmed that not all of the 173,345 KCPE candidates who scored C+ and above are sponsored by the government.

Speaking to the media on Saturday, January 21, Machogu indicated that funding levels have remained constant despite the doubling of student numbers over the past six years.

According to the CS, the ministry is allocated only 25 percent of the budget – and must therefore take strict measures to cater only to the needy.

Students take a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) exam

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“The level of funding has remained the same, but the number has more than doubled since 2016. The Ministry of Education (MoE) takes 25 percent of the national budget. If we have to sponsor everyone, it could go up to 35 percent.” he shared Nation.

The CS added that the government has yet to come up with a formula for university funding given the rise in the number of students taking national exams.

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He confirmed his ministry would rely on recommendations from the presidential task force, whose final report is expected to be released in March 2023.

According to the ministry, 173,345 KCPE candidates scored C+ and above and subsequently secured a place in college. However, the CS has confirmed that the government is unable to accommodate all students in terms of sponsorship.

President William Ruto, speaking to journalists at the State House on January 4, 2023, indicated that a new policy would be formulated to allow the government to support only students who cannot afford money.

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“We have students in academies who pay Ksh200,000 per semester, but when they go to college, we tell them we can pay them all. Why?

“If a parent is able to pay for their child in primary and secondary education, why don’t we allow them to pay for their child in college so that we can support the children of the people who can’t afford it,” Ruto said earlier.

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The CS, announcing the KCSE results, deviated from the traditional naming of top schools and candidates in the national assessment.

Speaking at Mtihani House on Friday, January 20, Machogu noted that the government had decided to release exam results early to allow students to prepare for transition to higher education institutions.

“As I have already mentioned, 841,416 candidates participated in KCSE exams in 2022, compared to 826,807 candidates in 2021,” Machogu stated.

Education Minister Ezekiel Machogu presides over a Teach For Kenya delegation at the ministry's office in Nairobi on 12 January 2023.

Education Minister Ezekiel Machogu presides over a Teach For Kenya delegation at the ministry’s office in Nairobi on 12 January 2023.

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