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TSC Set To Punish More Than 200 Principals Flouting School Fees Guidelines. Issues Show-Cause Letters 

More than 200 secondary school principals are set for disciplinary action by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for charging extra fees against the Ministry of Education directive.

TSC has issued have letters to the school principals seeking an explanation as to why action should not be taken against them for overcharging parents despite a warning from the employer that schools should stick to the laid rules.

The letters which target principals who have continuously employed schemes to siphon millions from unsuspecting parents has caused panic across the affected institutions.

TSC bossNancy Macharia had forewarned headteachers before the opening of schools that those flouting fees guidelines will not go unpunished.

Macharia said that the commission was investigating some principals listed to have breached the guidelines.

“I direct that all heads of schools stick to stipulated school fees and avoid loading parents with unnecessary levies,” Dr Macharia said as schools opened.

However, principals ignored the guidelines and warnings from TSC as soon as the new academic year began. It was reported that some schools released fee structures that compelled parents to pay more than Sh53,000, despite reductions by the ministry.

Director of Secondary Education Paul Kibet however said extra money collected above the revised guidelines be refunded or treated as prepayment of fees for continuing students.

Kibet further warned that any unreported cases of a school charging illegal levies will draw sanctions on the responsible officer.

The ministry of education has also ordered county directors to report schools that are charging illegal fees with immediate effect. The Ministry of Education had on 16 June 2021 issued revised fees guidelines to schools.

The recommended fees for national schools was set at 45 054 shillings, county schools at 35 035 shillings while day schools were free. The government also set fees for special needs schools at Sh10,860 per year.

And in some cases, parents reported a corrupt scheme adopted by school heads to defraud them by forcing them to buy school items from pre-selected suppliers and directing them to pay the money to the schools so that the schools procure the same for the children at prices that are twice the market price.

Schools are said to be charging a total of Sh17,267 to cover the local travel and transport, administration cost and energy, water and conservation.

“A number of teachers have received show-cause letters and as investigations continue, many more will receive the letters,” said a senior TSC staff.

Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) chairman Mr Kahi Indimuli however said he was not aware that principals have been issued with show-cause letters, stating that it is a personal responsibility.

“Principals who have flouted government directives will carry their own cross because this was communicated to them and they should have made necessary adjustments,” said Indimuli.


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