, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – The Ministry of Education announced Friday that it has already paid examination fees for all form four and class eight candidates in public schools expected to sit for their national examinations later this year.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i emphasized that this is in line with the Jubilee government’s commitment to ensure that every candidate sits for their exams.
“The government instructed us to pay examination fees for all the form four candidates and the class eight candidates. We have already done that and I want all the parents to know that we have already paid the fees for the students this year,” he stated.
He warned parents against paying for the examination fees and instead report any school principal asking for the money.
“So no parents should be asked to pay any examination fees and if anyone is asked to do so, please let our county directors of education know and they will take the matter up,” he said.
The Education Ministry had stated that the release of the funds to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) is to enable it plan registration of candidates and to administer the examinations to the candidates.
However, the Kenya Private Schools Association had criticised the decision by the government not to pay for the examination of candidates in private schools.
It had described the measure as an “unnecessary discrimination”.