Education CS professor George magoha
The ministry of education's directive to lower school fees came as a relief to the already impoverished parents in secondary schools.
At a time when Covid-19 had affected businesses and jobs, the move couldn't have come at a better season.
However, the joy of parents may be cut short if these reports emerging about Principals charging between Ksh 5000 to 35000 extra levies are anything to go by.
According to standard newspaper Monday, Principals are asking parents seeking form one admission to pay the said money to cater for school development.
The money is deposited to a special development account and after paying, they are supposed to forward bank slips to schools during admission.
The parents have found themselves between a rock and a hard place given that they desperately need those vacancies for their children ahead of reporting scheduled by August 2.
Some of the excuses Principals are giving include the fact that the extra levies have been approved by the board of management after consultations with Parents.
However, one wonders how form one parents were involved in the discussions given that their children haven't even reported.
Another excuse Principals are giving is that the ministry didn't give Provision for school activities like repair and maintenance.
The ministry of education had lowered school fees to Ksh 45000 for national and extra County schools and Ksh 35000 for boarding county and subcounty schools.
According to the ministry of education PS Dr Jwan, even if the extra levies have been approved by parents, the ministry of education must have the last say.
Parents have been urged to report cases of extra levies to the relevant authorities for action to be taken.
Jwan added that the government is keen on making basic education affordable but some Principals are working on reversing the the gains.
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