I Will Expose And Punish You: Magoha Tells Heads
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has warned secondary school headteachers against flouting government fee guidelines. The cs has accused some school heads of increasing fees at the expense of parents, yet parents are currently going through very hard times due to effects of Covid-19.
According to Magoha, some principals have hidden charges, which they subject parents to pay, before allowing their children to resume classes. Theses include; tuition levies, bus levies, teacher motivation fees, among others, which are not in the vote head.
“They should stop before we expose and punish them,” he said at Embu County Primary School during a tour of learning institutions in the Embu region.
Proffesor Magoha said parents were struggling to survive and they could not afford more learning costs for their children.
“It is inhuman to punish parents during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
The CS also cautioned against expelling students who have not paid fees.
“There are some students whose parents can’t raise fees. Such students should be spared. Why should you expel them due to lack of school fees? However, parents who are financially stable should pay up so that school programmes can run uninterrupted,” he said.
He dismissed the claim that the government has not released cash for free education, insisting that Sh14.6 billion has already been dispatched to the learning institutions.
“Those claiming that money has not been released are not being rational. We have dispatched the required amount to all primary and secondary schools in Kenya, and all we want now are reliable outcomes,” he said.
The Cabinet Secretary promised that his ministry will give sanitary towels to 1.7 million pupils across the country and roll out a ksh. 1.8billion school feeding programme in arid and semi-arid areas.
“For children from these areas to remain in class, they must be supplied with food,” he said.