The Ministry undertook to rehabilitate, expand and equip 37 boarding primary schools in 23 out of a total of 46 constituencies in ASAL in 2009/10 through Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP). Each school was allocated Ksh. 3.5 million amounting to kshs.129.5million. Through the normal primary School Infrastructure Improvement Programme, 31 primary schools were allocated kshs. 15.54 million to rehabilitate existing infrastructure.
Kshs.145.04 million was disbursed to 23 ASAL constituencies for rehabilitation, expansion and equipping of 68 boarding primary schools. The current status in terms of funding is at 3.52% of the projects that have been funded.
To rehabilitate, expand and equip a single stream boarding primary school, Kshs. 42 million is required. This will be used to rehabilitate, expand and equip 10 classrooms (2 ECD and 8 primary), Administration block, play field, fencing and gate, three 90-bed dormitories, 10 toilets, 5 teachers? houses, Dining Hall, Kitchen, Library/book Store and 2 large water tanks.
Among other initiatives, this flagship project has enhanced the Gross Enrolment rate (GER) and Net Enrolment Rate (NER) in ASALs and indeed the national GER and NER primary schools. The national GER increased from 108.9% (118 and 106% for boys and girls respectively) in 2007 to 109.8% (112.2% and 107.3% for boys and girls, respectively) in 2008 and further to 110.0% (112.8% and 107.2% for boys and girls, respectively) in 2009. On the other hand, national NER increased from 91.6% (94.1% and 89.05 for boys and girls respectively) in 2007 to 92.5% (94.6 and 90.5% for boys and girls respectively) in 2008 and further to 92.9 (93.6 and 92.1% for boys and girls, respectively) in 2009.
In 2011/2012 financial year the Ministry released a total of Kshs.18,851,400 to 21 low cost boarding primary schools.
- The initial 6 schools each got Kshs.1,396,400. These were the schools identified during the needs assessment carried out totalling to Kshs.8,378,400.
- Additional 15 high priority schools were added in order to cover a wider area. Each of the 15 schools got kshs.698,200. Totalling to Kshs.10,473,000.
- The grand total disbursed was Kshs.18,851,400 to 21 pubic low cost boarding primary schools in ASALs.
In 2012/2013 financial year the Ministry conducted a needs assessment exercise to identify schools for funding in the current financial year. 10 low-cost boarding primary schools identified are set to benefit. Each school will get a total of Kshs.2,000,000 totalling to Kshs.20,000,000. Also earmarked for funding are 13 schools from 2011/2012 financial year which did not complete projects initiated.
The funding for the 13 schools had been determined by their different levels of completion of their projects. The 13 schools will get a total of Kshs.15 million.
The grand total due to low cost boarding primary schools in 2012/2013 financial year will be Kshs.35 million. The grand total that will have been distributed to low cost boarding primary schools will be
2011/2012 Financial Year - Kshs.18,851,400 21 schools, 2012/2013 Financial Year - Kshs.35,000,000 23 schools.