Last Updated at: 2021-08-07 15:00:30
Education Ministry, TSC Warns Against Sending Learners Home For Fees as Schools receive 17.47 billion
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has announced the release of capitation to primary and secondary schools.
This comes on as form ones continue to report, with many many schools grappling with inadequate funds and resources to ease congestion and improve their infrastructure.
Magoha said that Sh17.47 billion was disbursed on Tuesday for term one as he issued a stern warning that no learner should be sent home for lack of school fees.
“With the release of the capitation funds, principals are advised to keep all their learners at their respective schools to ensure no part of class time is lost during the shortened academic calendar,” Warned the CS.
The Cabinet Secretary said that the government will be watching to ensure no child will be disadvantaged in accessing quality education as it aims to attains a 100 per cent transition rate from primary to secondary schools.
The released funds are part of the government's support for its Free Primary Education (FPE) and Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) programmes.
Out of the Sh17.47 billion, Ksh2.62 billion would go to primary schools as secondary schools will get Ksh14.85 billion. The amount is 50 per cent of capitation funds for the whole academic calendar.
The funds come at a critical time when schools need to adhere to COVID-19 protocols to prevent the spread of the virus. Some schools however have already reported infections.
Following multiple complaints and decrees from parents bearing the brunt of the deteriorating economy in the country occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, the government reduced secondary school fees by 8,500 shillings less for national school students.
This means national schools will now pay 45,054 shillings while extra county and county schools will pay 35,035 shillings. Prof Magoha warned that extra charges will not be tolerated.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Macharia last week directed school heads to stick to the stipulated school fees and avoid burdening parents with unnecessary levies.
CEO Nancy Macharia warned that it will punish school heads flouting fees guidelines as the commission carries out an investigation.
"The TSC is investigating a few allegations that some teachers are not complying with Government directives on fees. Action will be taken on those found culpable," CEO Nancy Macharia said.
"I want to direct that all heads of schools take to STP rated school fees. Some teachers are not complying with government directives directive on fees. action will be taken on those fields if they are found culpable." Said Macharia.
Term one begun on July 26th and learners will have another one week break from October 2nd to October 10th before they open for the second term the following day. The term will run until December 23rd.
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