Kenyan private schools want slice of government pie

Speaking recently at the Kenya Private Schools Association’s 14th annual general meeting in Mombasa, Chairperson John Kabuli urged the Kenyan government to
extend financial aid to primary and secondary private schools.

Citing the effect of severe current economic restraints on Kenyan parents, Kabuli said the extra funds could be used to purchase books, stationery and laboratory equipment. “We are all Kenyans,” he said. Minister for Planning, Wycliffe Oparanya, has responded by saying that government wants to see more private sector participation in education. It’s considering tax incentives for investors, he said.

The government is also looking into the possibility of introducing subsidies or matching grant schemes to private schools serving arid regions like Mandera and Wajir, as well as the possibility of issuing low-interest loans where private schools are established in marginalised areas.

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