Government to act instantly on principals defying fee directive.
George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, has warned high school principals not to send away students due to a lack of fees and other levies.
Magoha directed that school administrators visit the homes of students who are unable to pay their fees and assess their situation.
Speaking at Kapsabet High School in Nandi, Magoha took issue with government day schools that have been sending home students who are unable to pay the lunch fee, directing county directors of education to take immediate action.
“Never sympathise or become diplomatic with such institution heads…ensure you send them to where they belong for mistreating students from humble backgrounds,” the CS said.
He stated that the National Treasury had just released Sh16.8 billion for capitation to primary and secondary schools across the country.
“Primary and secondary schools will receive Sh2.1 and Sh14.7 billion respectively, which is enough to keep all students in school for at least the remaining eight weeks before the term ends, hence no need to send students home.”
This comes after secondary school principals requested that the government release capitation funds to schools in order to ease the administration of the institutions.
On January 3, schools reopened for the third term of the 2021 academic year.
According to Kahi, schools spend up to Sh2 million per year on support staff, with the majority employing an average of ten people.
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The cost of running the schools is also high, with some institutions spending Sh434,269 on electricity per year, while the school with the highest bill paying Sh901,200.
Water costs an average of Sh355,539 per year, while sewerage services cost an average of Sh160,178.
Due to the financial crisis, some secondary schools are sending students who are behind on their fees home.