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CS Magoha warns School Heads against increasing School Fees ahead of the 2020 October Schools Re-opening
Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has issued a stern warning to school heads against corruption, lack of accountability and arbitrary increase of school fees when schools re-open in October.
On the same note, the CS further directed head teachers to consult Parents Teachers Associations, PTAs before interfering with the official school fee structure.
This warning follows a public outcry about the chances of school heads hiking fees after a long break occasioned by the coronaviruS pandemic that left many schools’ infrastructure dilapidated.
“The problem with our learning institutions has been lack of accountability and corruption. It is unlawful for principals to arbitrarily charge extra fees,” he noted.
The CS was speaking in Kinango sub-County, Kwale, yesterday where he issued a cheque worth Sh50 million gifted to Kwale Teachers’ Training College project by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Gracing the occasion was Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and his deputy Fatuma Achani who complained to the CS that the county was sponsoring 4,800 needy students in national high schools which kept on hiking fees.
Governor implores education CS to address school fees problem ahead of the October Schools Re-opening
Mvurya called on the CS to intervene saying some school heads were “undermining his county’s Sh 400 million bursary programme by hiking fees”
“We develop our bursary programme based on the official government fees structures, anything besides that can attract audit queries,” Achani noted.
“It is a dilemma for the students on full bursary,” he added.
At the same time, the CS assured leaders in the counties that the Sh1.9 billion school desks programme would benefit jua kali artisans throughout the country.
Kazi Mtaani Youth to Clean and Prepare Schools Ahead of Reopening
Kwale county commissioner Karuku Ngumo said Kazi Mtaani programme youth will be employed clean and prepare schools for re-opening.
The county has built 469 early childhood development centres and employed 772 teachers.