The State Department of Education’s KSh1 billion budget has been reallocated by the Treasury to the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) in order to build classrooms for junior secondary school (JSS) students.
The State Department for Basic Education was originally given KSh3.379 billion by the Treasury for the construction of classrooms and integrated learning resource centers in JSS during the 2023–2024 fiscal year.
A KSh1 billion increase for development expenditures has been added to the State Department of Economic Planning’s budget, according to the Supplementary Estimates I for the 2023–24 fiscal year. The allocation was reported to Parliament by Economic Planning PS James Muhati, who clarified that the primary purpose of the funding is to build junior secondary school classrooms under the NG-CDF program.
The KSh53.5 billion NG-CDF budget is overseen by the State Department for Economic Planning. Based on the enrollment in Grade Seven, each constituency receives a different amount of funds, which is matched one-to-one by each constituency.
The Ministry of Education must be involved in constituency project proposals for the 2023–2024 fiscal year in order for the NG–CDF board to approve them.
The chief executive of NG-CDF, Yusuf Mbuno, gave all stakeholders instructions to make sure that NG-CDF committees work with deputy county commissioners and sub-county directors of education to choose beneficiary schools and carry out the projects.
Bungoma (KSh164.14 million), Nairobi (KSh148.57 million), Kisii (KSh120.78 million), and Kilifi (KSh118.4 million) are the top five recipient counties. On the other hand, Lamu (KSh11.8 million), Marsabit (KSh19.2 million), Mandera (KSh24.4 million), Laikipia (KSh36.3 million), and Mombasa (KSh46.66 million) are the counties that receive the least funding.
Alego Usonga (KSh24.12 million), Magarini (KSh21.2 million), Tongaren (KSh21.2 million), Kilifi North (KSh21 million), and Naivasha (KSh23.132 million) are the next five constituencies in order of highest recipient, Mt Elgon (KSh25.18 million). Eldas (KSh1.27 million), Mandera West, Lafey, Dadaab, and Lagdera (KSh1.2 million each), Balambala (KSh1.8 million), Tarbaj (KSh1.9 million), Banisa (KSh2 million), and Turkana East (KSh2.78 million) are the constituencies that will benefit the least.
With KSh25.9 million, Kanduyi is the constituency with the largest allocation; Lagdera, Lafey, and Fafi each receive KSh1.2 million.