A few days before the start of the third term, the Ministry of Education opened a hotline for parents to report school principals who were collecting fees in excess of the amounts set by the Ministry.
As stated in a circular issued by the Ministry on 16 June and signed by Mr Paul Kibet on behalf of the Principal Secretary, the Ministry continues to receive complaints from parents, sponsors, and the general public about schools charging illegal levies notwithstanding the Ministry’s issuance of new guidelines on fees payable by parents.
The circular, which was forwarded to all regional and county directors, also instructed all county and sub county directors to immediately notify the Principal Secretary of any Board of Management whose institution continued to charge the illegal levies.
All submissions from parents and directors should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org so that the data may be compiled and processed.
It further stipulated that any public school seeking to raise tuition must submit a written request to the Cabinet Secretary, and that any tuition already paid by a student either be reimbursed or considered as a prepayment for the next year.
Thus no school shall charge extra levies unless with written authorization from the Cabinet Secretary.
In addition to ordering school heads not to disobey sections 44, 45, and 46 of the Basic Education Regulations of 2015, the circular advised that the provision of lunch be voluntary and if otherwise be reasonable in connection with the shortened academic year.
In 2021, Cs Magoha announced a nationwide reduction of school fees by Ksh8,500. He directed secondary schools to charge as low as Ksh24,000.
Before that, boarding schools were charging Ksh53,000 and above. However, the Ministry’s move to slash school fees was meant to boost100 per cent transition.