Education ministry tells parents to clear school fees

PS for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, assessing the learning and the procurement of locally Assembled desks for schools at Ole Kasas in Kajiado County.

By Collins Orono

The government has urged Parents with children in boarding schools to clear fee balances, days after an order barring Heads of Schools from sending learners home.

School managers have been complaining about operating without money since the partial reopening two weeks ago.
Speaking after the launch of the Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) 2020 – 24 strategic plan, Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said despite the financial problems Kenyans are going through due to the negative effects of the Covid- 19 pandemic, parents should fulfil their obligations

“We are only asking for the boarding fee,” Dr Kipsang said

Dr. Kipsang added that lunch arrangements for students in day secondary schools is optional and that it should not lead to exclusion of students in the event parents fail to pay.

He added that parents should not view this as a burden as it is the transfer of the cost they were incurring to keep children at home.

“Whatever it is that parents were spending on their children should be transferred to schools by paying fees,” Dr Kipsang said. 

Early this month, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha told Kenyans that they should not fail to take their children to school.

Since last week, head teachers have been complaining of financial difficulties in running schools since the government has not released funding for second term and learners in boarding school have not cleared fees. 

Dr Kipsang said plans for full reopening of schools remains on hold.

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