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Blame game erupts over hiked fees in secondary schools

12 February 2015, 21:27 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi has said he is not to blame over hiked fees in public secondary schools.

Kaimenyi said MPs led by Mukurweini MP, Kabando wa Kabando demanding he must be held responsible in case any child misses form one admission due to hiked fees in some public schools.

Kaimenyi said the Parliament’s budget committee and MPs who are constitutionally mandated to approve funds to various government ministries are to blame because his ministry has inadequate funds to provide to schools and ask principals to reduce the fees they are charging.

“It is wrong for MPs to hold me accountable if some children miss out in form one admission as if I am the one who conducts the budget. I am only consulted to give proposals for the allocation of funds but MPs and the budget committee is responsible for approval of money,” said Kaimenyi.

“There are public schools that were charging up to KES 100 000 based on the services offered and asking such schools to lower the fees to the harmonized maximum of KES 38 000 will lead to poor learning service delivery and students stage demonstrations and strikes,” he added.

Kaimenyi insisted that more consultation time is needed before schools fully adopt the 2014 Kilemi Mwiria’s task-force report recommending all public day-secondary schools to charge up to KES 23 000, boarding schools KES 38 000 while schools for children with special needs to charge up to KES 21 000.

Also read: Ruto directs Kaimenyi to issues fees guidelines

The government in 2014 provided up to KES 25 million to most public secondary schools for expansion, modernization and set up of proper learning facilities in place in preparation for the implementation of the Kilemi Mwiria’s report on harmonized fees to be effected from 2015.

The Education CS also held that his ministry will not relent on the abolished ranking of schools in the releasing of national examination results and warned counties not to interfere with the ministries policies by coming up with their own ranking.

“I have no business of climbing down on ranking of schools because most Education taskforce from 1999 to Kilemi Mwiria’s taskforce of 2014 have recommended the banning of ranking. We cannot come up with a taskforce report without consulting responsible stakeholders before its adoption,” said Kaimenyi.

He reiterated that ranking been demoralizing teachers and children who then resort to committing suicide after being placed at the bottom.

Kaimenyi was speaking to the press after appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Education chaired by Murang’a County MP, Sabina Chege.

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