CS Machogu during Form one placement to seconadry schools

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu has warned school principals against sending students away from school over illegal levies.

CS Machogu insisted that he is going to be very strict on the issue of sending learners home for school fees, urging parents to report any such incidences to the nearest education office.

“Principals should ensure that no student is sent away from school over illegal levies and we are going to be very categorical and strict on this”, he warned.

“Parents should report any incidence of students sent away for not paying higher fees and other levies to the nearest educational office for action”, he added.

He said this on Monday 16th January during 2022 KCPE candidates placement in secondary school, as they are set to report to their selected schools between 6th– 13th February 2022.

Machogu revealed that the government will spend Ksh 9.6 billion on students in Junior Secondary school (JSS) this academic year.

He stated that JSS enrolment will be free because the government is catering for the capitation fees in the schools with each learner allocated ksh 15, 000 per head in JSS.

He added that the government will maintain the capitation fees of  Ksh 22,244 per student in the  public senior secondary schools.

According to the CS, the ministry will strengthen school feeding program and sanitary towel provision in public schools to enhance retention of learners in school

He however challenged parents and guardians of children in boarding schools to cooperate in paying for the required levies.

“I also wish to challenge parents and guardians to ensure their obligation for prompt payment of school fees in boarding schools particularly in national and extra county schools supposed to pay the Ksh 53, 000 fee annually and those in boarding schools in county that are supposed to pay the Ksh. 40, 000 annual fee”, he said.

More than 1.2 million pupils sat for KCPE examinations last year and are expected to join secondary schools after the placement following the 100% primary to secondary schools transition.

Here is the number of students placed in secondary schools under different categories.

Sub-County Schools

Female-372,459

Male-387,203

Total- 759,610

County Schools

Female -107, 461

Male- 91,566

Total -199,027

Extra County Schools

Female-111,105

Male-117,055

Total- 288,160

National Schools

Female -18,794

Male-20178

Total-38,972

Machogu also announced that the 2022 Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) results will be released on Tuesday, January 17

13,221 Schools approved to host Junior secondary schools

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of https://www.ktmn.co.ke KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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