Day secondary school students within the Alego –Usonga constituency will pay a total of Sh2,000 fee per term, thanks to an agreement struck with the constituency development fund.
The agreement was a result of a meeting between area CDF officials, led by Member of Parliament Samuel Atandi, and the principals of the 47 day schools in the region.
The decision aims to immediately alleviate the burden on students, preventing disruptions due to fee-related issues.
During a meeting held on Monday at Siaya Township Secondary School, Atandi noted that CDF will contribute Sh. 8,000 per student annually, while parents will be responsible for the remaining Sh. 6,000 annual fee.
The initiative stems from the recognition that a significant portion of students, approximately 98%, struggle to afford the government-recommended annual fee of Sh. 14,000, placing undue pressure on school administrators.
Atandi emphasized that this collaborative effort, devised in consultation with principals and the local community, utilizes CDF resources to subsidize education costs in day secondary schools.
The program not only aims to achieve a 100% transition rate but also seeks to support principals in the day-to-day management of their institutions.
Eric Odiang’a, principal of Mahola Mixed Secondary School, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, expressed gratitude for the initiative.
He stressed its potential to ease the financial strain on both students and school administrators.
Odiang’a highlighted the prevalent issue of outstanding fee arrears, underscoring that while the Sh. 14,000 fee may seem reasonable, many parents and guardians struggle to meet this obligation.
He urged parents and guardians with children attending day secondary schools in the area to reciprocate the MP’s goodwill by ensuring timely payment of the Sh. 2,000 termly fees.