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School heads told to honour fee guidelines

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Education CS George Magoha. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has warned secondary school heads flouting the government fees guidelines.
  • He accused a section of head teachers of increasing fees, giving parents, majority of who have been hard hit by Covid-19 pandemic, a hard time.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has warned secondary school heads flouting the government fees guidelines.

He accused a section of head teachers of increasing fees, giving parents, majority of who have been hard hit by Covid-19 pandemic, a hard time.

"There are head teachers, who are unlawfully increasing fees. They should stop before we expose and punish them," he said at Embu County Primary School during a tour of learning institutions in the Embu region.

He said parents are struggling to survive and they could not afford extra learning costs for their children.

"This year is not time to increase fees. It is inhuman to punish parents during the Covid-19 pandemic," he said.

The CS also cautioned against expelling students who have not paid fees.

"There are some students whose parents can't raise fees. Such students should be spared. However, parents who are financially stable should pay up so that school programmes can run uninterrupted," he added.

He dismissed claims the government has not released cash for free education, saying Sh14.6 billion has already been dispatched to the learning institutions.

"Those claiming that money has not been released are not being speaking the truth," he stated.

He added that 1.7million pupils across the country will receive sanitary towels for their comfort.