President William Ruto has assured parents that high school fees will not increase as from the next academic year as reported by some media houses .
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, speaking at Kikuyu Township Primary School in Kiambu County, confirmed the President’s approval to maintain the current high school fees during a meeting that President Ruto also attended.
Machogu assured that this decision will ensure that all candidates taking the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will secure spots in high schools.
Students being admitted to national and extra-county schools,will have their annual school fees remain at Ksh53,000, while county school students will be required to pay Ksh45,000.
“I have confirmed that exams have gone to all schools and Your Excellency, I would like to assure Kenyans that your government is not increasing the fees when they go to Form 1. All of (the candidates) are going to be placed in Form 1,” Machogu stated.
The Education CS further disclosed that a total of 1,415,315 pupils had registered for the national exams, marking the final year of the KCPE examinations since its inception in 1985.
He also noted that all candidates taking the inaugural Kenya Primary School Education Assessment will proceed to Grade 7.
In the same event, President Ruto reassured the students that the government had secured opportunities for all candidates, regardless of their performance in the national examinations.
“Be confident and do your best. Carry out the exam knowing very well we have an opportunity for each and every child of Kenya as you move to the next stage,” he encouraged the young learners.
Previously, concerns had been raised by parents regarding the pressure from school principals to increase fees due to rising living costs.