Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) on Thursday and Friday (11 – 12th July 2013) together with other stakeholders – CSOs, Ministry of Health and CRECO implementing members shared their finding on a social audit conducted on Health and Education facilities in Kenya.
The meeting was held at the Nairobi Safari Club, University Way and brought together officials from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, Civil Society Organizations involved in the education and health sector, and officials from CIDA, DFID-Kenya among others. The meeting was called to share social audit findings of service provision in six (6) counties of Marsabit, Nairobi, Kisumu, Baringo, Makueni and Kitui. This follows a culmination of its project “Strengthening Social Accountability in Education and Health Sectors through effective local organizations”, the project ran for 18 months with support from CIDA.
The Ministry of Education reported that several efforts have been put into place to ensure that education service provision improves
The social audit findings indicate among other findings that:
- Provision of Medical Supplies e.g. essential and adequate drugs continues to be a challenge to most hospitals throughout the seven counties, with most facilities reporting that requisitions sent to KEMSA either arrive late or drugs sent are not what was requisitioned forcing patients to be sent to purchase drugs outside the facilities.
- Staffing of teachers was noted to be very high in schools situated near towns or modern facilities as compared to schools which were to be found 120kms from the nearest town or infrastructure with most teachers preferring to be posted in schools that were near a town or infrastructural development
- Facilities such as beds, x-ray equipment, maternal delivery units etc were still a major challenge to most hospitals situated in the seven (7) counties, with lower level hospitals unable to cope with any arising emergencies forcing patients to drive for over 300km to access the nearest health facility - a case of Marsabit – with most patients dying along the way as the roads are in existent.
- Schools development has ignored essential facilities required by school going children with ECD classes being the most affected. Essential facilities like toilets (segregated for boys, girls and teachers) being non existent in some areas, some schools also do not have running water.
- Teachers absenteeism was quite rife in schools that were not accessible and monitoring by MoE was in and far between or not done at all, this was noted in most counties with teachers opting to operate boda boda business, attend market days or pursue other personal business at the expense of students and pupils.
- Most Head Teachers did not share information on funds given to schools on their accountability boards, with most Head Teachers refusing to give information without authorization from the MoE, and in some cases the School Management Committees (SMCs) lacked the requisite information and knowledge to question any misuse of funds.
These findings are just a few of the issues that were raised in the reports from the seven implementing members. To access the full reports kindly visit the following links below:
Baringo Social Audit Report by CEDGG – Nakuru, Social Audit Baringo County
Kitui Social Audit Report by CHRCE – Mwingi, Social Audit Kitui County
Kisumu County Social Audit Report by ICEDA – Kisumu, Kisumu County Social Audit Report
Makueni County Social Audit Report by MAPACA – Makueni , Social Audit Makueni County
Marsabit County Social Audit Report by PACODEO -Marsabit, Social Audit – Marsabit County
Nairobi County Social Audit Report by MMO – Nairobi (to be posted later)
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