Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has issued a stern warning to naughty school principals regarding any attempts to raise fees for secondary school students.
Speaking during the form one placement launch at Lenana School on Monday,December 18, Machogu emphasized that principals lack the authority to hike fees.
Machogu acknowledged the challenging economic conditions faced by many parents and deemed it unfair to burden them further with increased school fees.
“I wish to state that the boarding fees charged in public secondary schools will remain unchanged in 2024,” He stated.
“If any monkey business is done anywhere, the information will come. Parents are undergoing difficult financial challenges. Unless there is express approval from my office, no fee increase should happen.” He added
Machogu cautioned against any dubious actions, asserting that information about such practices would come to light.
He expressed empathy for parents facing financial hardships and warned principals that they would be the first to face consequences if fees were increased without approval.
Cs Machogu delegated the responsibility to Regional and County Directors of Education, charging them with ensuring strict implementation of the directive across all schools.
In October, the Ministry of Education released the 2024 academic calendar for schools and teachers’ training colleges.
As per the ministry’s schedule, the first term is slated to commence on January 8, 2024, and conclude on April 5, 2024, spanning a duration of 13 weeks. A brief half term is scheduled for February 29 to March 3, lasting three days. Subsequently, schools will observe the April holiday from April 8 to April 26, spanning three weeks.
The second term is set to run from April 29 to August 2, covering a period of 14 weeks. A mid-term break is scheduled from June 20 to June 23. Schools will then close for the August holiday from August 5 to August 23.
In third term, schools will embark on the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and the Kenya Intermediate Level Education Assessment from October 28 to October 31, spanning four days.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination is scheduled to take place from November 4 to November 22, covering three weeks.
All learners will break for the December Holiday from October 2024 to January 3, lasting a period of over ten weeks.