Schools to Hike Fees in January After Govt Suspends Fee Subsidies.
As of January 2023, parents with children in secondary schools will be required to spend more, as the government has eliminated fee subsidies for public schools.
The move will be a significant setback for parents who are already struggling due to the current economic climate.
National and extra-county students will pay Ksh53,554, an increase from the current Ksh45,000 fee.
Those with children enrolled in public secondary schools outside of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Thika, and Eldoret will pay Ksh40,000, an increase from Ksh35,000.
During the Christmas and New Year holidays, parents must account for additional fees ranging from Ksh5,535 to Ksh8,500.
Equally, the annual tuition for Special Needs Secondary Schools will increase from Ksh10,860 to Ksh12,790.
The government-severed subsidy includes Ksh19,053 for boarding equipment and supplies and a top grant of Ksh12,510 for assertive devices and any additional personnel required.
Previously, the government subsidized the fee parents paid for the 2021–2022 school year, although there were only 30 weeks as opposed to the usual 39.
However, in strict adherence to the government’s policy of free secondary school education for day students, the state will provide a Ksh22,224 subsidy for each learner in a boarding school, on par with day school students.
This will cover tuition, the government allotted Ksh4,144, and medical insurance.
Ksh2,000, Ksh1,500 for activity, and Ksh200 for enhancing secondary mathematics and science education (SMASSE).
David Obuhatsa, the president of the National Parents Association, urged the government to consider parental concerns.
‘‘Since Covid-19, parents have been going through difficult times, especially in these hard economic times,’’ Obuhatsa stated.
Updated academic calendar
Obuhatsa urged the government not to place additional strain on parents, adding that students should not be required to wear uniforms.
Metrine Akinyi, a parent at the Lwak Girls’ Secondary School in Siaya, lamented that the country was still recovering from the effects of the General Election, drought, and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Education PS Julius Jwan defended the return to old fees by arguing that the revised school calendar for 2023 will feature longer weeks.
‘Given that the academic calendar will revert to 39 weeks from 30 weeks for the academic year commencing January 23, parents will continue to pay approved fees,’’ he confirmed.
According to the new calendar, the first term will begin on January 23, 2023 and conclude on April 21, 2023. The second term will run from May 8 to August 11, 2023, followed by a two-week break.
Students will have a three-day midterm break between June 29 and July 2, 2023, and a two-week summer break between August 12 and August 27, 2023.
The third term begins on August 28 and ends on November 3, 2023.