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July 13, 2020

Implementing Commodity Component of the Fee Free Tuition Policy

Treid Pacific has been awarded a K40 million contract to implement the commodity component of the governments’ Fee Free tuition policy.


Following a tendering process last year, this company was awarded the contract to deliver in this academic year.


Under this public private partnership, the company will deliver the necessary materials that students need in the classroom.


The commodity component is part of government’s fee free tuition policy.


 This is to ensure that quality education is delivered to every single student in the classroom.


Education Secretary Dr. Michael Tapo says the whole idea of having the commodity component is to cut down on schools diverting funds under the fee free tuition policy to other areas.


After receiving numerous reports on misuse of the fee free tuition grants, the department has decided to deliver part of each school’s allocation in the form of basic classroom needs.


This will include pencils, biros, exercise books, rulers, calculators, and even a bible and a school bag per student.


Those in year 11 and 12 will receive calculators.


And the task to deliver these materials to over 13 thousand schools in the country has been given to Treid Pacific.


After successful bidding for the K40 million project and Treid Pacific is expected to deliver these materials by April this year.


It is understood other companies will be sub-contracted to deliver these materials.


Secretary Tapo is confident between now and June, all schools should receive their supplies.


The department is using 2014 as a trial year, and depending on the results, the program will be rolled out every year.


The Education department is currently working on an amount for the commodity component from the K605 million appropriated in this years’ budget.


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