County ed­u­ca­tion chiefs to be held re­spon­si­ble for ‘il­le­gal fee in­crease’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i has put the county ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tors on no­tice. He said they will be held re­spon­si­ble for il­le­gal school levies in their ar­eas of ju­ris­dic­tion. The CS told MPs he is sad that de­spite fee ceil­ings set by the min­istry for all pub­lic schools, there is a surge in ar­bi­trary fees in­cre­ments. The pay­ments are mostly il­le­gally ap­proved by un­scrupu­lous ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials col­lud­ing with rogue school heads, he said. Ma­tiang’i told the Na­tional Assembly Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee the govern­ment has come up with strin­gent guide­lines to make it manda­tory for all county ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tors to record the fee struc­tures ap­proved for ev­ery sec­ondary school. The Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry fee ceil­ing guide­lines stip­u­late that par­ents pay Sh53,554 for board­ing schools, Sh9,374 for day schools and Sh37,210 for spe­cial needs schools. The govern­ment pro­vides a sub­sidy of Sh12,870 for ev­ery learner per year.

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