Validation of task force report on secondary education fees

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will hold a stakeholder forum at Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) in Karen, Nairobi next week to endorse a report of the Taskforce on Secondary School Fees in Kenya.

The report contains findings and recommendations seek to make secondary education affordable to all children regardless of their social backgrounds.

In February, this year, the Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi created a the task force, chaired by a leading Educationist, Dr. Kilemi Mwiria address factors that led to the high cost  secondary education.

“There are reports of some students who have even dropped out of school completely because of the escalated costs in the form of fees, extra levies, uniforms, projects and hidden costs of education,” Prof. Kaimenyi noted, during the launch of the Task Force at his Jogoo House office, adding that the trend had put education in danger of being a preserve of the few who could afford it.

The Taskforce held consultative forums with various stakeholders, received memoranda, collected and analyzed data on how to make secondary education affordable.  On the basis of information gathered, the Taskforce has prepared a draft report which the Ministry of education would like validated before it adopts it for implementation.

Some of the stakeholders invited to the forum are  Parliamentary Committee on Education, Senate Committee on Education, Religious Leaders, Civil Society, KUDHEIHA, Special Schools Heads Association of Kenya (SSHAK), Teachers Service Commission County Directors of Education, Chairpersons from each County Education Boards, Boards of Management, County Executive for Education, Kenya Secondary Heads Association(KESSHA)Teachers Unions among others.