We Will Not Give Capitation to Private Junior Secondary School Learners, Magoha
Education cabinet secretary George Magoha has dismissed calls for Government to give private schools capitation, saying it is entirely up to parents to pay.
“Those in private schools must pay.There has been a little noise about capitation to private schools but that is not going to happen. The Constitution allows us to provide FDSE,” the CS said.
“If you choose a boarding school, you must know that there will be requirements to pay for boarding and feeding. That is why the Government got only needy students from the slums and gave them Elimu scholarship, which is supposed to go for four years,” he noted.
“ We have said that any child who selects a private school must first confirm with their parents. That is why we have roped them,” Magoha added.
He also maintained that it is entirely up to a parent to make choices, saying the ministry has only issued guidelines for JSS selection but the decision stands with learners and their parents.
“Even in the current situation, some parents do not follow guidelines. You find them selecting top schools like Kenya High several times and do not select anything else,” he said.
Magoha reiterated that for JSS, a majority of the learners are expected to be in day schools near their homes.
“CBC will be a great success of the outgoing government. You have seen the passion we have had and hope the incoming Government will continue with the classroom drive in the next one year then there will be no problems,” Magoha said.