Do Not Try Me, Machogu Cautions Schools Heads
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has warned school heads against “attempting” to introduce illegal levies in schools.
He said they must stick to the Ministry of Education-approved fee structures to ease the burden on parents who are reeling from the effects of hard economic times.
The CS said the government will “swiftly and firmly” respond to any reports of headteachers charging unapproved fees.
“Let no principal or headteacher dare,” Machogu told the Star, insisting that he will personally monitor such reports.
“President William Ruto has given clear instructions that teachers should not ask for additional charges from parents, we are affirming that we will follow the instructions to the latter.”
Machogu, who on Monday released the Form One Selection results, had insisted that the government will release Sh15,000 as capital for every Grade 7 pupil.
The government will spend Sh9.6 billion to finance Junior Secondary School learners to be in school this year in form of fees.
Each Form One learner will receive slightly more than Sh22,244 as capitation per academic year.
However, there have been concerns from parents that headteachers could take advantage of Grade 7 admissions to levy unapproved fees.
Machogu had said that no child should pay any fees over and above the capitation money, asking parents to only buy uniforms for their children.
The Grade 7 learners are expected to have different uniforms although they will be domiciled in primary schools.
“We have left that matter of determining the uniforms to the School Boards of Management,” Machogu said.
Junior Secondary School pupils are expected to report to school on February 30 while Form Ones have between February 6 and 13.
School heads have previously defied government directives outlawing additional fees charges, imposing more levies that have triggered an uproar.
“We have given firm instructions to the field officers to be alert and vigilant to ensure that no schools introduce unapproved fees and other charges,” Machogu said.