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Heads of Primary Schools Call for Review of Capitation Funds

Headteachers across the country have called on the government to review the capitation on pupils upwards claiming that the funds are not enough.

The Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) Chairperson Johnson Nzioka said that many primary schools were going through hard times in their operations due to inadequate funds disbursed by the government.

Mr Nzioka said that the Kshs. 1,000 to each learner is very low.

The Chairperson was at Nyangarisa Primary School located in Kisumu East Sub County during their Eastern region annual KEPSHA meeting.

Nzioka said that the government should be giving out a sum in the region of Kshs 4,500 but claimed that Kshs. 8,300 is the most ideal figure.

Besides, he said that it is important to consider the mental well-being of teachers.

He revealed that they had agreed with the Chiromo Group of Hospitals with the health institution set to train teachers on how to deal with psychiatric issues.

Nzioka said that teachers who will be trained will then later train others in the lower levels.

He said that many teachers were experiencing psychological problems with consequences in the horizon.

He also said that school heads should work together with teachers and stakeholders to improve their performances.

Nzioka added that good performance required collaboration interfaced with dialogue.

“Ensure you understand the needs and problems of your staff members,” said Nzioka.

Kisumu East Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) executive secretary David Obuon said that they shall cooperate with school heads at all levels saying that school heads and KNUT members have to work together at the end of the day.

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