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MOE Grilled Over Ksh. 105M Overpayment

The public accounts committee has grilled the ministry of education over a non-recovered overpayment of more than ksh. 105M to some public schools which occurred three years ago.

Ministry of education principal Secretary Julius Jwan confessed before the committee that More than Sh105 million in capitation funds irregularly overpaid to some public secondary schools three years ago is yet to be recovered.

The scandal, which has been benefiting 331 schools for the last three years, has not stopped despite audit reports.

The report shows that the over payment arose from “inflation of enrollment numbers and double payment to schools” among other factors.

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The chair of the committee Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi wanted to know how much has been recovered since the report was released in March. “Has the ministry taken any action and how much has been recovered so far?” asked Wandayi.

“The statement of receipts and payments reflects a balance of more than Sh59,633,897,605 being subsidies for the year ended June 30, 2019. Included in this amount is an over payment of subsidy funds amounting to Sh105,905,782 to 331 public secondary schools in different counties arising from inflated enrollment data,” read part of the report.

Jwan however told the legislators they are still in the process of recovering the said funds but no process has been undertaken yet.

The MPs felt disappointed with the Juan’s response when they sought to know why it has been business as usual in the ministry three years down the line, with millions of shillings being injected.

“Are you trying to say you have forgotten about the over payment that happened three years ago? Yet, there are people from the ministry benefiting from this money?” asked Garissa Town MP Aden Duale.

Director of Primary Education Olicia Nerregah said they are in the process of making the recoveries but they are facing challenges including slow transition of some schools to register learners in the new National Education Information Management System (Nemis) making it difficult to have accurate data.

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