Education PS Belio Kipsang demands list of schools charging high fees

Monday January 4 2016

Education PS Belio Kipsang at a past event. He

Education PS Belio Kipsang at a past event. He has ordered county directors of education to send to him a list of secondary schools that have flouted fees guidelines. FILE PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By OUMA WANZALA
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The Ministry of Education has stepped up its efforts to take action against schools heads who have increased school fees in disregard of guidelines provided by the government last year.

Education officials have been directed to furnish the ministry with a list of all schools that have flouted the guidelines.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, in a circular to the officers dated January 3, said county directors of Education have until the end of Monday to provide the list.

“The list should contain name of the school, amount of fees in 2016 and other levies,” said Dr Kipsang.

The PS acknowledged that some schools had disregarded the guidelines and set their own fees structure and hence were continuing to burden parents with extra levies.

“You are expected to take appropriate action on schools charging fees above the recommended amounts and without the approval of the Cabinet Secretary,” said Dr Kipsang.

Under the guidelines released by the government in March last year, parents are supposed to pay Sh53,554 for boarding schools, Sh9,374 for day schools and Sh37,210 for special-needs schools while the government provides a subsidy of 12,870.

However, some schools have introduced charges even on things that are already catered for by the government.

Some schools are charging students for services provided by the national government, such as funding county education boards.

Deputy President William Ruto has warned that disciplinary action will be taken against school heads who ignore the guidelines.