*Big blow to private schools parents as Prof. Magoha Makes This Statement On School Fees waiver*
Education cabinet secretary Prof. George Magoha. He has turned down a request for the government to supplement fees for learners in private schools.
Education cabinet secretary Prof. George Magoha has put the record straight concerning school fees payments. The CS was responding to concerns over plea by parents with kids in public schools to reduce school fees once schools reopen. There have also been complains by parents in private schools after they were asked to pay full fees.
While appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on education, the CS said there is no need for parents with kids in public schools.
‘The government pays fees for Tuition and Examination for all Pupils and Students in Primary and Secondary schools, so there is nothing to waive,” the CS said.
Fees for private schools.
A request by the members of parliament for the ministry to extend free education fee waiver to private school was turned down by the CS.
“It is very difficult that the government still has to extend the money from the exchequer for tuition to private schools too, despite the parents’ choice to leave the free government schools for the private schools. we may need to reconsider this,” Magoha clarified.
Parents with children in an international private school in Nairobi are seeking the court’s intervention over what they term as exorbitant fee demands by private schools. It is Brookhouse school that has majorly faced the wrath of parents who say they are being forced to meet the full cost of electricity, food, internet, printing assignments, teaching, and supervising children during the current closure as result of the covid-19 pandemic.
The private schools have been running online tuition for learners and asking parents to meet the fee costs. But Education CS George Magoha restates that schools will remain closed till June 4 and that the Government will review the situation before advising the public of the next step regarding the start of second term.
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School fee charged by Brookhouse school ranges between Sh150,000 and Sh1.5 million per term depending on the class of the learner.
“It is in order for private schools to negotiate with parents the percentage of fees to be paid, so that learning continues and the schools are still functional,” added the CS.