The Kenyan government has failed to meet the deadline for the delivery of desks, chairs and lockers to public primary and secondary schools, which had been scheduled for 19th October.
By Tuesday, 20th October, no school had received the furniture as some of the carpenters awarded the tenders to make them withdrew citing low prices.
The Education authorities had set aside Ksh1.9 billion and identified 5,136 primary and 5,254 secondary schools to receive the desks with earlier estimates having each desk at Ksh2,500 and Ksh3,800, respectively.
Some carpenters said that the cheapest should be Ksh5,000 to ensure quality.
Kenya Secondary Schools Head Association chairman Kahi Indimuli confirmed that the schools were yet to receive the desks.
He said: “We are waiting to receive them, but so far, they haven’t been delivered.”
Principals, who spoke to the Nation said that they had hoped to receive the furniture on Monday, but none was delivered.
Kenya Primary School Head Teachers Association chairperson Nicholas Gathemia also said the furniture had not been delivered.
“We haven’t seen them.”
Ministry of Interior Principal Karanja Kibicho has urged administrators and education field officers to ensure the supply of desks, lockers and chairs before the non-national examination classes reopen.
He gave the directive while meeting with the county commissioners, regional and county directors of education at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi.
However, Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia on Tuesday gave an assurance that the desks would be delivered by the end of the month.