Public schools to stick to gazetted fees guidelines

Public schools to stick to gazetted fees guidelines

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Secondary School Head teachers during their annual conference in Mombasa last year//file Photo

Public secondary schools will now adhere to the gazetted fees structure as directed by the government, according to agreement by education stakeholders.

During a closed-door meeting held on Tuesday between Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET)and the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA), the education stakeholders also agreed not to impose extra costs on parents.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion confirmed the agreement to the press after the meeting where he said that t the school fee issue had been blown out of proportion.

He stated that a number of factors contributed to the increase in fees in certain schools.

“The Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission should coordinate the financing of education. Once it is done, we will stop making news of who has paid fees and who has not,” he said.

“So this matter for the next 15 years should see the children of this country from nursery to form four attending school without paying any levies so the job is cut out for Members of Parliament,” he stated.

On Monday, many schools re-opened countrywide amid complains over high fees and text book charges that angered parents who sought intervention from the government.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang later directed County Directors of Education to submit a list of schools that failed to adhere to the set guidelines for fees.

Education Cabinet Secretary Matiang’i on the other hand had urged parents to only pay the gazetted fees in the schools.