Magoha warns school heads against increasing fees
Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha has warned school heads against increasing fees.
Magoha told the school heads to adhere to and abide by the Government guidelines on school fees.
The CS who spoke Friday, said fees guidelines are not optional and further warned head teachers and principals of dire consequences should they defy the directive.
“I still hear some people say that the CS has increased school fees and I ask myself, where has this come from? If we find somebody in his own wisdom sending a child home, for example, because they have not paid lunch money then we will come down on you like a tonne of bricks,” said Magoha.
The CS made the remarks when he commissioned the Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly scholarship for 1,125 candidates from the needy children to allow them to continue with their education. Schools open for the new term on Monday.
“Let me be clear to the head teachers and principals that every child should be given unfettered access to school as required by government, financial issues will be sorted out later,” said the CS.
He stated that school fees cannot be increased, especially, at a time when the Government is running the 100 percent transition policy.
“The 100 percent is the President’s legacy, which we have sworn to all and sundry that we will deliver,” he said.
At the same time, the CS said all is set for Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) Grade Four to be rolled out next week.
“I want to assure the country that Grade Four is ready to be rolled out, books that have been distributed are now at 98.8 percent and by Monday we will be approaching 100 percent.”
He said book distribution challenges are real owing to logistical challenges brought about by the heavy rains that had been pounding several parts of the country.
“If need be we will deliver the books with helicopters so that come the day children report to schools, there will be one book for one child,” he said.
He ruled out any possibilities of having books being purchased by head teachers and principals saying “that history and they should forget about it.”
On National Education Management Information System (Nemis), the CS directed that all children should be registered adding that capitation will be disbursed on the basis of those in schools.