Govt to take action against schools charging high fees

By KBC Reporter

The Ministry of Education is threatening to take action against schools that have violated the recommended school fees guidelines.

In a circular, education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang directed all County Directors to submit lists of all public secondary schools that have flouted the fees guidelines by 4pm Monday.

Most public schools across the country re-open Monday amid a host of challenges bedeviling the education sector.

Parents and guardians have to deal with exorbitant fees charged by public secondary schools in defiance of government guidelines, increase in cost of text books, stalled pay talks with teachers as well as dispute over Form One selection formula and implementation of performance contracts for teachers.

Challenges that have seen the Kenya National Association of Parents threaten to petition the arrest of a number of County Education Directors over inflated secondary school fees.

The dispute has attracted the attention of a section of religious leaders who are calling on the government to rein in on school heads who have disregarded the recommended amount and without the approval of the education Cabinet Secretary.

Kipsang says that the gazetted fees ceilings took effect from January last year and schools are expected to spread the payments over three school terms in the ratio of 50:30:20.

Refereeing to a gazette notice number 1555 published on 10th of March last year and to a circular sent to all county directors of education dated February 20th last year on school fees payable in public secondary schools.

The circular detailed vote heads and government subsidy and fees payable by parents directing that all boarding schools charge 53,554 shillings, 9,374 shillings for day schools while special needs schools were to charge 37,210 shillings.

This means that children attending boarding schools should pay 26,750 shillings in first term, 16,050 shillings in second term and 10,700 shillings during third term.

For those attending day schools, the gazette notice requires them to pay 4,600 shillings in first term 2,500 shillings in second term and 800 shillings in the third term.

The warning by the education principal secretary coming as Deputy President William Ruto warned school heads against charging extra fees beyond what is specified in Government guidelines.

A number of public secondary schools have defied the set down fees regulations to charge more, a move that has generated uproar among parents and education stakeholders.



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