SHOCK AS MINISTRY OF EDUCATION DIRECTS SCHOOLS AS TO WHERE TO BUY RICE, YET THE SAME DOES NOT PROVIDE FUNDS FOR LUNCH OR SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMS

By Peter Amunga

Attached, please find a circular from the PS Education ref. MOE/CONF/G5 dated 8th October 2020, directing school heads to songle source rice for their schools. Schools are being directed to procure rice from the corruption riddled, badly manage; Kenya National Trading Corperation. Headteachers are protesting this.

KNTC have found an opportunity to reap from Kenyan Parents. They have metarmorphosised to rice supply with inflated prices for rice. Schools have been getting rice at the price of 3k a sack. They want schools to buy rice at between 5 to 8,000. They want heads to get that money from poor parents to buy rice at higher prices. That is unacceptable.

Lest we forget, KNTC are the same who were given the monopolistic tender by govt to supply text books to all schools. They minted billions by supplying excess text books. The student/book ratio in some schools currently 12 books of similar matter to one learner. In some schools they supplied books for subjects that are not taught in those schools.

The public procurement & asset disposal act of 2015 that were supposed to protect schools from such tenderpreneurs are silent. If it means we protest and march to their offices. We will.

Why are we seeing The buy Kenya, Build Kenya slogan mostly being activated only in the Education sector? Why rice? Will rice alone build Kenya? Why not also direct that schools buy Sugar from Nzoia or maize from Cereals Board in Kitale? Why rice from Mwea?

In a free Market economy, liberalisation is allowed. One is free to source from where better terms of trade are available. Single sourcing is a recipe for the death of small & Medium Enterprises (SME). Kenyans need to hold our govt accountable on this.

INCLUDE FOOD IN CAPITATION

What Magoha and the Ministry of Education should have done. first, is include lunch and school feeding capitation in their disbursement of Free Education funds to schools. This can be ksh.5,000/ per learner per annum. That way THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION can at least have the moral to dictate where to buy rice, or sausages for learners. As I write this, let my readers know, that boarding and feeding programs in schools are NOT CATERED FOR BY GOVT. PARENTS PAY FROM thheir pockets)

When Magoha sets aside funds for rice, he can thereafter, retain the money & channel to Kenya National Trading Corporation. or even Kenya Meet Commission to ensure our children eat well in schools. In addition, he can also channel the same billions to the sugar cane firms which are dying in Western Kenya so as to revive the sugar industry.

If the buy Kenya build Kenya team is serious, why only rice? By the way.. how many schools in Kenya feed their students on rice? To me sugar is more crucial than rice in our schools. Let MOE help revive sugar by setting aside money and chanelling it to Mumias. This will be a workable strategy of revamping & resuscitating the ailing sugar cane industry. We need to buy the locally made sugar to build Kenya. In the meantime, the cheaply imported sugar has led to the death of our infant sugar firms.

CONCLUSION

Ministry took away purchase of books from teachers, refering to us as theives. We kept silent.He has taken away payment of BOM Teachers. Tummenyamaza. They have retained Infrastructure monies & its approvals. Now they want to tell us,where to buy food? Kwani we cannot think?

The Ministry of Education skewed approach to rice and targeting schools is selective, suspect & counterproductive. As teachers, we shall fight it. If he insists, we shall remove rice from the school menu and feed our kids on the usual githeri. That he can take it to the bank.

PeterAmunga

Published by MWALIMU Amunga Akhanyalabandu

Passionate about Advocacy on the REAWAKENING teachers in Kenya and reporting on the MULEMBE Nation. Having worked at the Kenya National Union OF TEACHERS in the advocacy department, I will be able to detail and explain about the welfare of teachers and their point of view on socio economic and political matters. Luhyia are the 2nd most populous ethnic group in Kenya. They are blessed with great land, topography, climate, resources and human Resource. We are also keen on Luhya Renaissance is about making the Mulembe People aware of their blessings, appreciating those blessings, defending them and putting them to proper use for the current and future generations.

One thought on “SHOCK AS MINISTRY OF EDUCATION DIRECTS SCHOOLS AS TO WHERE TO BUY RICE, YET THE SAME DOES NOT PROVIDE FUNDS FOR LUNCH OR SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMS

  1. My friend, there’s More than meets the eye.
    Believe me or not, the MOE will register the highest financial scandal you’ve ever seen and Amror Dam scandal and Golden Burge will be a child’s play.
    Parents were cheated about free education,and now they are being taxed to benefit a few individuals.How will small schools grow at this rate.
    I Know schools that grew very fast when parents and community members decided to build them .Everything is now left for Sirikal.Are they doing it better?A school has less than 100 students and MIF is given @4000 per learner.Tell how many years will it take to put up 4 more classrooms for the school to grow.?How many years would you need to build even a 400 capacity Hostel?

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