Education CS Fred Matiang’i warns headteachers against charging exam fees

Wednesday March 2 2016

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has warned primary and secondary schools headteachers against demanding national examination fees from candidates.

The CS said the government had set aside Sh3.4 billion this financial year to pay for the fees for all candidates.

He warned that action would be taken against headteachers who do not heed the directive.

“(Headteachers) do not ask students and pupils to pay examination fees because the Jubilee administration has offered to pay for them and our intention is to ensure that all learners proceed to the next education level,” he said.

He urged parents to report teachers who ask them to pay the fees.

Dr Matiang’i spoke in Kiambu Town on Tuesday evening when he toured primary schools that have benefited from the Constituency Development Fund.

He was accompanied by MPs Jude Njomo (Kiambu Town), Kanini Kega (Kieni), Stephen Ngare (Ndia) and Sonia Birdi (nominated).

The CS also reiterated that teachers must account for funds allocated to their institutions.

He said the practice of pupils sharing a single textbook in class was unacceptable.

“I am very keen, in every school I go to, [on the issue of the] pupil-book ratio because by now we should have a 1:1 ratio since we have given out money.

“In Kiambu alone, we have given out Sh576 million in the last three years to cater for the purchase of education materials and therefore in every schools I go, I should see what the money has done,” he said.