School Fees Hasn’t Changed, Machogu Clarifies Fee Increment
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has clarified a move by the government to scrap the subsidy on secondary school fees.
Machogu while speaking at Wajir High school on Wednesdays said the move was occasioned by a return to normalcy in the school calendar.
“From January 23, we will have three terms the way it used to be before so the fees structure remains the same as that of two years ago,” Machogu said.
This is after a circular addressed to senior education officials indicated the changes in school fees.
“Anybody saying the figure has been changed, that is not here in Kenya. Changing school fees would need another taskforce,” he said.
Due to the compressed school calendar which was occasioned by Covid-19, the ministry had reduced fees by Sh8,500.
According to a circular from the ministry, parents will have to pay Sh53,554 for national schools, as was before the reduction.
This will apply to national and extra county schools in seven counties.
The new guidelines were written to all county directors of education and signed by early learning and basic education PS Julius Jwan.
“The counties are Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Thika and Eldoret,” the circular reads.
The new directive applies to boarding schools.
The ministry has also categorized the schools into category B.
Here, the government will provide an Sh22,244 subsidy which is equal for learners in a day school.
“In order to meet the cost of boarding as well as maintenance and improvement parents will pay Sh40,535,” the circular reads.
Currently, national Schools pay Sh45,054 while the Extra County and County schools pay Sh35,035.
Extra county and county schools would pay Sh5,500 less.