The government has initiated a week-long inspection of schools across the country to take action against those imposing unauthorized fees.
Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang emphasized that all schools must refrain from instructing parents to pay charges beyond the authorized fee guidelines for secondary schools.
Heads of primary, junior, and secondary schools have already been notified about the impending audit, aimed at ensuring compliance.
President William Ruto recently cautioned school administrators against imposing illegal levies on parents.
The head of state directed leaders in the Ministry of Education to monitor the utilization of the Sh67 billion capitation fund released by the national government to schools last week.
Ruto specified that the government allocated Sh67 billion, with an additional Sh10 billion to the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) for bursaries and scholarships for needy students.
He expressed the government’s commitment to keeping Kenyan children in school and emphasized that it is unacceptable for any school head to send learners home for fees when the government is covering their education costs.
He issued a warning to principals who may have introduced additional charges in their schools, stating that the law would soon catch up with them.
Some of the contentious fees include motivation, remedial, lunch fees, and money for the purchase of full ream papers.
The Ministry of Education has issued several circulars to schools regarding illegal levies.
One circular emphasized that the Ministry has consistently reminded schools through field officers to refrain from introducing extra charges, withholding KCPE/KCSE certificates, and conducting illegal tuition during weekends and school holidays.
Despite these warnings, the Ministry continues to receive complaints from concerned parents and guardians regarding extra levies, certificate withholding, and the conduct of illegal tuition.