Kenya pledges action on tuition fees hike after public outcry

The Kenyan government will enforce new guidelines to rein on tuition fees hike in public schools following an outcry from national leaders, unions and parents'lobby groups.


Deputy President William Ruto said on Monday that implementation of harmonized tuition fees guidelines for all public schools will ensure that no child is denied education due to poverty.


Ruto warned that school principals who flouted the revised tuition fees guidelines will face disciplinary action.

“The government has set aside funds for every child in public schools and parents should not be burdened with exorbitant fees. Any school head who defies the government directive on tuition fees will face the law,” said Ruto.

He revealed the government will conduct investigations on school administrators who hiked tuition fees to the detriment of learners from financially challenged backgrounds.

The Kenyan ministry of education in February 2015 announced new tuition fee guidelines for all public schools.
According to the guidelines, every school should charge tuition fees that do not exceed 400 dollars annually since the government would subsidize other expenditure like food, boarding and transport.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, Fred Matiang`i said the government will not relent in its push to lower tuition fees in public schools.

“The government will not backtrack in its mission to make education affordable to our children and youth regardless of their socio-economic status. Any breach of tuition fee guidelines will be treated as a criminal offence,” Matiang`i told reporters in Nairobi.

He revealed a directive had been dispatched to county directors of education to publish a list of schools that had flouted new tuition fee guidelines.

Kenyan leaders and parents lobby groups on Sunday piled pressure on the government to rein on exorbitant tuition fees in public schools.

The Chairman, Kenya Parents Association, Musau Ndunda warned that arbitrary hike in tuition fees could paralyze learning in public schools.

“We call upon the government to address the hike in tuition fees as a matter of urgency to prevent a paralysis in the education sector,” Ndunda said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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