SCHOOLS in the nation’s capital are operating normally although there are not enough funds coming from the Government, an official says.
Acting National Capital District education secretary Sam Lora said there was a funding shortage in schools but administrations and principals were to coping with the Covid-19 measures and keeping their schools open.
Some schools in NCD have raised concerns on the challenges they were facing, especially in following the Covid-19 measures but were doing their best with the limited tuition fee free (TFF) grants.
“The nation is in an economic crisis so schools are affected by this,” Lora said.
“There is very little funding since the last disbursement (of TFF funds) and I am not sure about the next payment.”
He said K95 million had already been allocated to schools through two batches of payments in the first half of the year and many schools in the country were faced with challenges to stay operational as they had little to no funds in their accounts while waiting for the third batch of payment from the Education Department.
Education secretary Dr Uke Kombra assured schools a month ago that the department was processing a K30 million payment for the third batch of funds, however, schools have not received that payment yet.
Dr Kombra said the department had received funds released from the Finance Department to subsidise schools however no comments were made by Education Minister Joseph Yopyyopy and Dr Kombra about the delay in payments to schools.
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