Minister asks provincial govts to repair buildings

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday March 12th, 2014

 EDUCATION Minister Nick Kuman is calling on provincial governments to allocate funds for infrastructure and maintenance of school buildings and teachers quarters.

This is because funding for infrastructure and maintenance for schools was not allocated in the 2014 budget.

“Funding for infrastructure and maintenance for provincial institutions is the provincial government’s responsibility,” he said.

He said for this year, each MP was allocated K10 million with 20 per cent to be spent on education.

Kuman said this should be used for infrastructure and maintenance.

“In elementary education, about 1,310 classrooms are required between 2010 to 2019 at an estimated cost of K99.4 million.

“In primary education 1,999 classrooms are needed at the cost of K836.5 million to build these classrooms.” 

Kuman said the administration of elementary, primary, vocational and secondary schools come under provincial governments.

He would make sure that:

  • Teacher salary fixation agreement is smoothly implemented;
  • performance measurement monitoring system is initiated; 
  • electronic communication is enhanced; and,
  • Teacher leaves, teacher bio-data and quarterly returns by schools are done.