The advent of Free Primary Education (FPE) in 2003 not only increased enrolment rates in public primary schools but also meant that all tax paying Kenyans would share in the responsibility of educating our children regardless of whether one has a school going child or not. As a result, Kenya’s budgetary allocation for the implementation of FPE has steadily increased from Ksh 5.4 billion in 2003 to Ksh 14. 1 Billion in 2015.
This constitutes an average of 6.4% of GDP (or 17% of the annual budget).Action for Transparency (A4T) project seeks to enhance transparency and accountability in the education sector focusing on funds disbursed by the Government for the provision of Free Primary Education (FPE). The overall objective of the project is to contribute to strengthened democratic accountability and transparency in Kenya through citizen monitoring of government expenditure, in order to uncover suspected corruption and mismanagement of public funds.
SCHOOLS SPOTLIGHT LATE
Ministry makes disbursements directly to the school accounts every term. All disbursements were made on average, 6 weeks late (i.e. after schools open) and this affects the ability of the schools to provide education services as required especially the purchase of textbooks and exercise books