NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – The Kenya National Association of Parents will on Monday present a petition to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i ,demanding the arrest of a number of County Education Directors over inflated secondary school fees.,
The association’s Secretary General Musau Ndunda has accused the directors of incompetence saying secondary schools continue to increase fees under their watch, contrary to a government directive.
“It is a shame that thousands of our children will not be able to access education because of this,” he complained.
He urged the government to take charge of the education sector since ‘mercenaries’ have taken over.
Some of the added costs will cater for tea, hot water, extra-curricular activities and an education motivation fund among others.
The said schools have doubled their school fees while ignoring the gazetted fee structure and government capping.
“They must be arrested,” he said.
For instance, in Busia County, he said the students have been required to contribute money to an account called Kenya Secondary School Heads Association.
“Who is in charge of this country?” he queried. “The government must act. How can children be the one to fund a heads of schools association?”
He says some of the schools are charging as high as Sh100,000 per term in fees.
The gazetted school fees structure requires children attending boarding schools to pay Sh26,750 in first term, Sh16,050 in second term and Sh10,700 during third term.
For those attending day schools, they are supposed to pay Sh4,600 in first term Sh2,500 second term and Sh800 in the third term.
He urged Parliament to empower the education Cabinet Secretary to take charge of the Teachers Service Commission which he says has encouraged impunity in the education sector.