US Suspends Aid to Kenya’s Education Ministry

US holding off of aide to Kenyan educationA U.S. diplomat says the U.S. has suspended a five-year plan to fund Kenya’s education programs because of corruption allegations.

Ambassador Michael Ranneberger says this follows claims that Kenyan officials misappropriated 100 million Kenyan shillings ($1.3 million) of Kenyan government and donor funds intended for the country’s much-lauded free primary school education program.

Kenya’s Finance Ministry audited the program late last year and found the funds missing. Britain announced in December it was suspending its funding of the program.

When Kenya started the program in 2003, it earned praise across the world because more than 1 million children who had never been to school enrolled.

SOURCE: The Associated Press (c) 2010