Ruto directs ministry to issue school fees guideline

February 7, 2015 2:11 pm

, NAROK-RALLYNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7 – Deputy President William Ruto has directed the Education Ministry to issue fees guidelines next week to ensure parents are not exploited by schools.

“Action will be taken against public secondary schools disregarding the guidelines and overcharging fees,’ Ruto said.

The directive comes hot on the heels of a call by the Catholic Church to Parliament to legislate guidelines for secondary school fees and levies.

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday raised concerns stating that “unregulated school fees may lead to some bright but needy children being locked out.”

They also stated that the government must go beyond issuing guidelines and enforce the same guidelines.

They also called for the timely disbursement of the funds that should cater for secondary school tuition costs as Kaimenyi announced the release of Sh11.2 billion in capitation to public secondary schools.

Kaimenyi called on the public to provide the Teachers Service Commission with evidence of head teachers charging fees over and above government policy so action can be taken against them.

READ: Give us evidence of high fees – Kaimenyi

The policy, Kaimenyi said, is that public secondary schools should not charge more than what was quoted in their 2013 fee structures.

A fees freeze was put in place by President Uhuru Kenyatta in response to public outcry over the high fees charged by some public secondary school administrations.

In December 2014, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang released a circular that sought to incorporate the recommendations of the Kilemi Mwiria taskforce charged by the Kenyatta government with prescribing a remedy for high fees.


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