Thursday, July 31, 2008

Broken promises , as usual

When the Kenyan government promised to provide free secondary education last year, many parents were elated. Rolling out the programme in January, President Mwai Kibaki said free education would ensure that children from poor homes acquired quality education.

But seven months after the programme was supposed to take off, the government has provided only a quarter of the funding schools need to make it work. Some school administrators have been forced to run the institutions on a credit line while others have opted to reinstate tuition fees to avoid closing down.

Key ministries - among them medical services, roads, education and finance - have already had their budgets slashed to accommodate the increased government expenditure. The free secondary school education programme may just be one of the casualties.

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