Kitui education director Pascal Makite on Thursday publicly clashed with a Knut official.
The Kitui Central Knut executive secretary Francis Nding’o accused Makite’s office of swindling money allocated for pupils’ co-curricular activities.
“Although the collection of the money was sanction by the education board, it has only gone into lining pockets of education officials. Some teachers have not even been paid their subsistence allowances after officiating at games,” Nding’o said.
He also said Sh2.4 million for special education is not accounted for.
But Makite said Nding’o lacks information and is trying to portray him as a thief.
“No money collected from school pupils is kept in my office. If Nding’o has issues with money he should present the problem at the subcounties,” he said
Makite said “I am ready to be crucified” if found guilty of misusing public money.
He said the special education fund was Sh2.8 million, which is with the county treasury. Makite said the accusations are far-fetched and made out of sheer ignorance. “He should have consulted me to get the true picture,” he said.
The two argued during the county prize-giving day at Kitui Kefri centre.
Kitui Governor Julius Malombe, Malombe, who was the chief guest, cautioned officials against politicising education. He said the department has in three years improved, with KCPE and KCSE exams scores going higher.
Source: The Star.