The government announced that capitation money for public schools have been disbursed. Parents in private schools could be hard hit as schools reopen. Of the Sh17.8 billion released to carter for second term, Sh15.8 billion will go to free secondary education while the remaining Sh2 billion will carter for free primary education.
The government pays Sh22,244 for every child in public secondary schools while every Primary School learner receives Sh1,422 from the government. Magoha says that there is absolutely no reason why any teacher should turn away a child due to fees.
Parents say the journey ahead is a hard one, given the hard economic times. They have put aside every other expenditure to focus on taking their children back to school. The Covid-19 pandemic messed up the school calendar throwing parents into confusion.
Even though most of the books were bought last term, parents have been forced back to bookshops after some of the books were either stolen or schools are demanding for supplementary books. On the other hand, some children have overgrown their old uniforms.
It is perhaps out of such crisis and worries that some private schools have had to meet and plan on how best to deal with the situation at hand. At one education center in Nairobi, the school management says there was need for teachers to be taught on how to handle parents.
Some of them could be undergoing stressful moments due to lack of money and other social challenges.
The 2021 second term will run for 11 weeks until December 23rd when students will break for another 10-day Christmas holiday. They will then resume on January 2022 for three.
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