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Fee hike: PS acts tough on school heads

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The Ministry of Education has warned heads of public secondary schools who flout school fees guidelines that they will face disciplinary measures. Education Principal Secretary  (PS) Belio Kipsang in a circular dated January 3, 2015 said schools principals fleecing parents will have their names forwarded to the ministry and TSC for appropriate  action.

This is as he directed county education directors to ensure no school violated the set school fees. “It has come to the notice of the ministry that some schools have disregarded the fees guidelines and set their own fees structures hence continuing to overburden parents with extra levies. You are required in collaboration with TSC county director and to urgently send a list of all schools which have flouted the guidelines by Monday 4th January 2015,” he warned.

The move comes as parents complained of high ‘extra’ fees and levies charged by some school which ranges between 2,000 to about 12,000. Parents through their lobby, Parents Association, led by Musau Ndunda say there is no justification for the increase since the State subsidies the fees.

The PS said the fees guidelines of 2015 should be followed to the latter with Government subsidy in place. “The fees should be as follows; Boarding Schools – Ksh 53,554; Day Schools -9,374 and Special Needs Schools 37,210.”

He said the fees took effect last year and schools were expected to spread them to cater for the tree terms in the ratio of 50:30:20.

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