Education CS Professor George Magoha exposed a multi-million scandal in his Ministry. This scandal is on the registry of students for the Free Primary Education (FPE) programme. He has accused dishonest head teachers and Ministry of Education officials of inflating the number of primary school children used by the government to compute and disburse funds for the program.
Magoha revealed that the unscrupulous counterparts had overstated the registry by over 500,000 students. He was speaking during an inspection tour at Ayany Primary School in Kibera on Saturday, November 14. “Due diligence identified inflation of the number of learners from 8.47 Million to 9 Million. The shortfall of 529,997 learners has led to the saving of Ksh752, 594,740 annually. “This management approach has been instrumental in identifying lapses within the Ministry where public funds have been misappropriated and measures to ensure that effective intervention has been deployed,” said Magoha.
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It is impossible to calculate the total number of funds lost in the scandal. Because, Magoha failed to reveal for how long the scam has been runnning. The Government allocated Ksh1,420 per student in the FPE program. Former President Mwai Kibaki launched the program in 2003.
Taxpayers have also lost millions of funds due to the inconsistent statistics through the central books procurement program. Under the program, some schools across the country have been complaining. The government has oversupplied schools with more textbooks than required.
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Also, a textbook publisher claimed that they were unable to locate some schools registered under the program that started back in 2018. The government launched the program as a cost-cutting measure. This was after splashing billions and failing to achieve the one textbook one learner ratio. Earlier, Magoha had revealed that there was another scandal in procurement of school desks worth Ksh. 1.9 million.
“I tasked one of the units in the Ministry to develop and cost a prototype. When I did due diligence of establishing the market prices of desks, I realised that the unit at the Ministry had inflated the cost by Ksh1,700, which means only 250,000 desks would have been supplied,” noted Magoha.Follow us in social media: