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Team formed to probe escalating school fees

18 February 2014, 09:24

Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary for Education,Jacob Kaimenyi, launched a 21 member task force to look into the escalating secondary school fees in the country.

Kaimenyi said that the task force’s report, which is under the stewardship of former Assistant Minister for Education, Kilemi Mwiria, is expected in two months. The task force will table a report with a recommended fee structure by May 5th 2014 when schools open for the second term.

The CS stated that it was the government’s mandate to make secondary education affordable and accessible to all.

He said that the escalating fees has led to students dropping out due to the inability of the parents and guardians to pay the fees.

“There are reports, ladies and gentlemen, that some students have even dropped out of school due to fees and extra levies in the form of uniforms, projects, and hidden costs of education. This puts education in danger of being a preserve of the few who can afford and this is totally unacceptable,” said Kaimenyi.

He said the Basic Education Act mandated the Cabinet Secretary with the responsibility to approve any additional levy in schools in consultation with the County Education Boards provided no child would be refused to attend school for failure to pay such charges.

The appointment of the task force comes after protests by the National Parents Association, which called for the intervention of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the matter.

Some public schools had raised fees to up to KES 100,000 per year.

– CAJ News

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