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Saturday's Education News Making Headlines This Morning, June 12th

What you should know: Man who eloped with two schoolgirls arrested, Uhuru lauds the UK for pledging Sh65 billion towards Education, Education sector Sh202bn allocation to support recovery after Covid hit.

1. Uhuru lauds the UK for pledging Sh65 billion towards Education

While talking on Friday when he granted a charter to the Aga Khan University-Kenya (AKU) in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta cheered UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for pledging £430 million - an equivalent to Sh65 billion, towards the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) campaign.

As per the president, this declaration denotes a remarkable day for the Education campaign, which Kenya co-host alongside the UK. 

Kenya and the United Kingdom will have a two-day conference on a global partnership for education financing between July 25 and 26 of 2021.

President Uhuru said the promise lines up with the accentuation and importance that the UK has put on girl’s schooling during its G7 Presidency. 

“Kenya is grateful to PM Boris Johnson and the UK for leading the call to fund Education and for rallying world leaders at the G7 and beyond to invest more in education as a way of leading the global recovery and building back better from the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

2. Education sector Sh202bn allocation to support recovery after Covid hit

Sh202.8 billion has been set aside for the education sector recovery programmes following lost time since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country in March 2020, leading to the closure of learning institutions for nine months.

According to Treasury CS Ukur Yattani, Sh12 billion will cater for free primary education, Sh2.5 billion for recruitment of teachers and Sh62.2 billion for the free day- secondary education including medical insurance for learners.

“Sh 4 billion is for an examination fee waiver for all class eight and form four candidates and Sh1. billion for the school feeding program,” Yattani said.

The Treasury also allocated Sh420 million for the digital literacy programmes and ICT integration in secondary schools.

3. Man who eloped with two schoolgirls arrested

Police officers in Kenyenya Sub County have apprehended a bodaboda rider for allegedly eloping with two students who learn at Kenyenya DEB Primary School.

Mokubo Location Chief Samuel Omambia said the two young ladies disappeared from their homes recently just to be found in the suspect’s home who had gone out to purchase sugar for breakfast tea. 

The young ladies uncovered the suspect had been their friend for quite a while after they took them to school for additional questioning.

“He gave us sweets after dropping us at school,” said one of the girl.

Police Commander Philip Oyugi confirmed the episode saying the headteacher of the school reported the matter to the police, who then arrested the suspect after he had recorded a statement. 

As shown by Oyugi, they will take the suspect to the official courtroom to answer the charges whenever they have finished the investigations.

The Education Director for Kenyenya Sub County George Ouma warned those who lure school girls.

The Education Director for Kenyenya Sub County George Ouma cautioned the individuals who lure school girls.

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