Parents to sue governtment over high school fees
07 January 2014, 22:25
Bungoma - The Kenya National Association of Parents (KNAP) has vowed to sue the Ministry of Education over the increased fees in public secondary schools contrary to the agreed upon harmonised fee structure.
The KNAP Secretary General, Musau Ndunda, said that the association harmonised the fee structure with the government four years ago yet some public schools have forfeited the agreement by exorbitantly charging indirect fees.
“In the harmonised fee structure, we had agreed that public day secondary schools to charge not more than KES 5000 fees while public boarding secondary’s fee stood at KES 28,600 per year since the government was mandated to pay tuition fee of KES 10,260 for every student,” noted Ndunda.
“Many secondary school heads have neglected the agreement overcharging indirect charges such as KES 20,000 for lunch, booster charges amounting to almost KES 30,000 and bus maintenance fee. Such charges have raised fees to in schools beyond parents reach hence locking out Kenyan children from pursuing education,” he added.
Ndunda noted that his office has assembled over 50 controversial fee structures as evidence in court if the Ministry of Education does not order school heads to adjust their fees as per the agreed upon harmonized structure.
He said that majority of parents struggle to get fees for their children and the schools unlawful move to increase fees will lock out many children especially the 2013 KCPE candidates from joining schools of their choice.
“I am sure the current fee charges especially for national schools charging over KES 70,000 will lock out 50% of bright children from poor families. If the government can control fuel prices, how can it fail to control fee charges for every Kenyan child to acquire education”,posed Ndunda.
Ndunda said they will liaise with the parliamentary committee on education to table a bill in parliament to stop school heads from devising their own fee structures.
He further requested parents having controversial fee structures to mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ndunda also warned parents against holding meetings with school heads to increase fees without considering other needy parents struggling to pay for their children.
Ndunda was speaking to a local radio station over KNAP’s threats to sue the government for laxity in ensuring that public secondary schools stick to the harmonized fee structure.
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