Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has cautioned schools against charging fees for learners joining Junior Secondary institutions.
Machogu said the government has set aside Ksh15,000 for the over 1 million grade 7 learners which will cover all requirements for each student.
“Junior secondary school as per the Kenyan constitution article 53 is free and compulsory. No registration money is required. No principal, no board of management or parents’ association will be authorised to come up with unnecessary levies,” the CS said
Machogu spoke on Monday at Nairobi Primary School where he led education stakeholders in distribution of textbooks for grade 7 learners.
The CS said parents are at liberty to buy school uniforms from distributors of their choice once schools come up with specifications of the required uniforms.
“We don’t expect teachers to send students away because they have not been able to come with new set of uniforms. Schools should indicate the uniforms colour and other specifications and parents are at liberty to buy from anywhere they so wish,” he said
Machogu reiterated that the government has provided adequate learning materials having dispersed over 17.8M textbooks for distribution in all Junior Secondary Schools.
More than 1.26 million students have enrolled in Junior Secondary Schools.