Society / Education
Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 16:04 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Education Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has warned secondary school headteachers against increasing school fees without the approval of the ministry.
Addressing headteachers drawn from Uasin Gishu County during their annual meeting under the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association held in Nakuru, the CS said accused some school heads of unilaterally raising school fees with the excuse of finishing development projects in schools.
He said that any headteacher or school that has the intention of raising school fees must write to the ministry outlining the need and reasons for such. Dr Matiangi said that his ministry can only approve such after assessing the need, though he noted that he will be reluctant do approve any fee raise request from schools.
The CS added that the Jubilee government was committed at ensuring that every child remained in school and hence any fee increment would lock some children out of school.
He noted that on request, the ministry was ready to chip in and support schools complete stalled development projects as one way of avoiding the unnecessary increment of fee by schools.
On the issue of school buses, the CS warned headteachers against acquiring bank loans to purchase school buses saying that it is the parents who bear the burden of paying back the loans. He advised school heads to privatize school transport in that they will only hire school transport when they need it.
Dr Matiangi said the ministry was in the process of preparing amendments to the Basic Education Act which will see the reduction of the number of years a school board can serve from the current 17 years to nine years.
He lashed at school boards for being what he termed as burdens to school heads instead of being effective supplementary boards in running schools. He called on parliament to pass the amendments when they come to parliament for debate.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County