Kenyan public secondary school principals have been instructed to transfer Ksh 200 from their schools’ operations account for each student to cover extracurricular activities.
The County Directors of Education have been instructed to advise the Principals to transfer the money from the Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) capitation grants, according to a circular from Dr. Julius Jwan, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, dated August 23, 2022.
Dr. Jwan stated in the Circular that “you are obliged to instruct Principals to vire Ksh 200 per Learner from the Operations account to cater for the activities.”
All basic educational institutions in the nation have fully restarted co-curricular activities, and primary and secondary school sports and music festivals have also started up again.
While the 2023 school year’s first term will host the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair and Drama Competitions
This is stated in a circular from the Ministry of Education (MOE) dated July 13, 2022, signed by Dr. Jwan and addressed to all regional, county, and sub-county directors of education. A copy was also sent to Prof. George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Nancy Macharia, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), and Ms. Mary Mwiti, the CEO of the Council of Governors.
Soccer, volleyball, netball, racquetball, basketball, hockey, handball, rugby, and swimming national championships for both primary and secondary schools will begin on September 9, 2022, and end on September 12, 2022, according to the circular
The Special Needs Education (SNE) Primary and Secondary School ball games will be held at Hill School Primary and Secondary School, respectively, in Uasin Gishu County, with both teams expected to arrive in their respective venues on September 8, 2022 and later depart on September 13, 2022 for preparation and coordination for East Africa’s Secondary Schools National Championship.
On September 15, 2022, competition for the Federation of East Africa Schools Sports Association (FEASA) Championships, which will be hosted in Arusha, Tanzania, will begin.
The participating teams will be expected to fly into Arusha on September 13, 2022, the day before the action day, and to coordinate on September 14, 2022. They will then fly back to Kenya on September 24, 2022, and finally return to their respective schools on September 25, 2022.
Therefore, it is encouraged that schools begin preparing their teams for the national championship and other regional and international competitions. According to Dr. Jwan’s statement in the Circular, the events will primarily take place during the weekends, during midterms, and during school breaks.
The calendar also indicates that Maseno University in Kisumu County would hold the annual Kenya Music Festival National Championships for schools, colleges, and universities from September 17, 2022, to September 23, 2022, with the Gala Night taking place the same day.
The State Concert will take place on September 24, 2022, at Kisumu State Lodge, and the participants will be required to report on September 16, 2022, at Maseno University.
In order to implement free day secondary education, the government contributes Ksh 22,244 annually each student in all public secondary schools as a subsidy (capitation), of which Ksh 1,500 is allocated to the activity vote head.