Almost Sh4bn spent on training by Kenyan Ministries

Almost Sh4bn spent on training by Kenyan Ministries
Sophie Chapman
Kenyan Ministries and State agencies spent Sh3.9bn (US$37.8mn) on internal training between June 2016 and June 2017. This is following the government’s announcement that it will be delaying retirement due to a shortage of skilled workers. According to a report released by Agnes Odhiambo, Controller of Budget, Kenya taxpayers spent a total of Sh1.1bn ($10.6mn) more on staff training then the Sh2.8bn ($27.1mn) that was spent the previous year. SEE ALSO: Taxpayers are questioning the increased expenditure on training as over-age employees are continuing to work and draw salaries because of a lack of replacement. In May of this year, a public service report was released, stating that 1,707 government employees that hold managerial or technical titles are past the age of retirement, which is 60 years old. The State Department for Public Service and Youth Affairs was the highest spender, with a expenditure of Sh951.2mn ($9.2mn) on training staff. The State Department of Interior followed, spending Sh825mn ($8mn) of taxpayer’s money, with the Ministry of Health coming in third at Sh212mn ($2mn). The public service report showed that 0.57% of employees working for the government were over the age of 61.
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