Looming Crisis as School Reopening Nears

Days before schools reopen for a second term, a section of parents are worried they are struggling to raise fees as the clock ticks on Tuesday, October 12.

Speaking to newsyetu.com, National Parents Association chairperson Nicholas Mayo revealed that most of the parents had requested the Ministry of Education to give a grace period of two weeks to collect the fees.

He said that most of the parents had lost their jobs and were struggling financially after the covid-19 pandemic ravaged the economy.

Further, he said that 10 days leave was insufficient for the parents to get the necessary funds.

“I would petition the ministry to see if they would allow some grace period for the parents to clear the fees for the second term,” Mio said.

Alternatively, Mayo urged struggling parents to consider relocating their children from boarding schools to get a better offer.

On the other hand, Education CS George Magoha on Friday 8 October warned the headmasters against sending the learners away because of the school fees.

Speaking in Kisumu County during the groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed Raila Odinga Secondary School, Magoha revealed that the government had released $17.5 billion as capitation to schools across the country for a second term.

He said that Ksh15.3 billion would be disbursed to secondary schools, while Ksh2.2 billion would be given to primary schools.

“The money has been released to them and there is no justification for any school to send the children home,” Magoha said.

The CS assured that the implementation of the CBC is in order, despite the existing court cases.

“We are definitely in respect of 100 per cent transition. The CBC is also operational even though the matter is in court. The government should continue to function,” Magoha confirmed.

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