Government Has Reduced School Fees For Boarding Secondary Schools

By Lynnet Okumu / Published June 21, 2021 | 12:19 pm




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Learners in category A, which is national and extra county schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Thika, and Nyeri will pay Ksh 45000 per year as opposed to the previous 55000 they have been paying annually.


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The ministry of education has released the new school fee structure for the 2021- 2022 academic year.it is a sigh of relief for parents and guardians as the ministry has announced a reduced fee in the new guidelines.

The Ministry of Education says that this decision has been arrived at after a reduction of the number of weeks in the new academic year from39 to 30 due to covid 19 crisis in the country.

Explaining the slash in school fees, the ministry of education acknowledged that parents and guardians were struggling with the effects of the covid 19 pandemics. Some lost their jobs and some employers reduced salaries.

Education CS Geoge Magoha and CAS Juma Jwan sent a circular to all schools. The circular directed that schools should enforce the new structure starting 26th July 2021. The fee structure would remain in force until 4th March 2022.

“Following the shortened Academic Year from39 weeks to 30 weeks, the academic year commencing on July 26, 2021, to March 4, 2022, the ministry of education has revised fees guidelines payable by parents,” REDS THE PSS letter to all school heads.

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In the new circular dated June 16, learners in category A, which is national and extra county schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Thika, and Nyeri will pay Ksh 45000per year as opposed to the previous 55000 they have been paying annually.

Learners in category B which includes boarding schools and extra county schools located in other areas than towns listed in category A will pay sh 35000 translating to the relief of sh 5545 compared to the 40535 they paid annually.

Students in special needs on the other hand will pay Ksh 10860 annually down from the 21920  that they did formerly.

Day school students will part with school uniform and meals expenses as well as all tuition fee has been catered for by the government.

The government says that each secondary school learner will receive Ksh 22,244 subsidy yearly and that the money will be released in four quarters of Ksh 5560.

The 22,244 remitted to each student will cater to learning materials, medical insurance, and co-curricular activities.

Only learners in the National Education Management information system (NEMIS) will benefit from the government subsidy of Ksh 22,244 per year and therefore the Ministry has urged all the principals to be careful with the accuracy of the data given.

“ it is the responsibility of the principal to ensure accuracy of the data available on the National Education Management Information Systems (NEMIS), where every learner is fully registered on the platform, “ says the latest circular from the ministry.

Ps Jwan also cautioned principals against restructuring the new fee structure they had released by surcharging students or adding non-existent learners to the students’ register submitted to the government for disbursement of funds.

Earlier last week, Magoha had urged all parents to pay school fees after the school heads pointed out that non-payment of school fees would make schools fall into crisis.

“Our population is a very interesting one, the majority of the people who are not paying fees can afford to pay” Magoha wondered.

This review is good news to many parents and guardians who Have been struggling to pay school fees for their children especially at the moment when covid 19 has caused many challenges to the economy of the country.

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