4 January 2016

Kenya: Education Ministry Demands List of Schools Charging Extra Fees

Nairobi — Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang has directed all County Directors to submit lists of all public secondary schools that have flouted the fees guidelines by Monday 4pm.

In a circular, Kipsang emphasized that the gazetted fees ceilings took effect from January last year and schools are expected to spread the payments over three school terms.

Kipsang further instructed the county directors to ensure that no public secondary school under their jurisdiction violated the gazetted fees.

"Reference is made to Gazette Notice No. 1555 dated 10th March 2015 and a circular to all county directors of education dated February 20th 2015 on school fees payable in public secondary schools with details of vote heads, Government subsidy, and fees payable by parents,"

He stated that appropriate action should also be taken on schools charging beyond the recommended amounts and without the approval of the Cabinet Secretary.

"These fees ceilings took effect from 5th January 2015 and schools were expected to spread these fees over the three school terms at the ratio of 50:30:20. It has come to the notice of the ministry that some schools have disregarded the fees guidelines and set their own structures hence continuing to burden parents with extra levies."

The Kenya National Association of Parents was on Monday expected to present a petition to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, demanding the arrest of a number of County Education Directors over inflated secondary school fees.

The association's Secretary General Musau Ndunda had accused the directors of incompetence saying secondary schools continue to increase fees under their watch, contrary to a government directive.

He urged the government to take charge of the education sector since 'mercenaries' have taken over.

Some of the added costs will cater for tea, hot water, extra-curricular activities and an education motivation fund among others.

The said schools have doubled their school fees while ignoring the gazetted fee structure and government capping.

For instance, in Busia County, he said the students have been required to contribute money to an account called Kenya Secondary School Heads Association.

He stated that some of the schools are charging as high as Sh100,000 per term in fees.

The gazetted school fees structure requires children attending boarding schools to pay Sh26,750 in first term, Sh16,050 in second term and Sh10,700 during third term.

For those attending day schools, they are supposed to pay Sh4,600 in first term Sh2,500 second term and Sh800 in the third term.

He urged Parliament to empower the Education Cabinet Secretary to take charge of the Teachers Service Commission which he says has encouraged impunity in the education sector.

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