Education PS demands names of schools charging extra fees

Education PS demands names of schools charging extra fees

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Education Principal Secretary Education Belio Kipsang. Photo/FILE

The Ministry of Education has issued a directive to all County education Directors to submit names  of all public secondary schools that have charged extra fees by Monday 4pm.

In a circular to the officers dated January 3, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang told the officers to work closely with those from Teachers’s Service Commission to provide the full list of schools.

“The list should contain name of the school, amount of fees in 2016 and other levies,” said Dr Kipsang.

He stated that appropriate action would 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.” Added Dr.Kipsang

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

Meanwhile, those attending day schools are suppose to pay Sh4,600 in first term Sh2,500 second term and Sh800 in the third term

On the other hand,some schools have introduced charges even on things that are already catered for by the government, such as funding county Education boards.

Deputy President William Ruto has since warned secondary school heads against increasing school fees.

Ruto also warned primary school heads against charging parents school fees under the current free education system.