Fee Hike Hits Parents as Schools Reopen For Term 3

Today, schools will resume for Third Term, which also marks the end of a compressed academic calendar that began following the Covid-19 epidemic. This calendar compression began in the wake of the pandemic.   The schools are resuming again despite parents complains about the high fees they were had to pay over the last two […] The post Fee Hike Hits Parents as Schools Reopen For Term 3 appeared first on Qwetu News.

Fee Hike Hits Parents as Schools Reopen For Term 3

Today, schools will resume for Third Term, which also marks the end of a compressed academic calendar that began following the Covid-19 epidemic. This calendar compression began in the wake of the pandemic.

 

The schools are resuming again despite parents complains about the high fees they were had to pay over the last two years in order to complete the three-year school year.

 

This year, schools had four terms, that lasted 10 weeks each. In between, there has been a week’s holiday.

 

 

The majority of parents who talked to the Sunday Nation yesterday claimed they had to take out loans over the past two years so they could afford to send their children to school.

 

Mr. John Mbae, a father in Nairobi, commented, “Schools break for only one week and children are obliged to restart with fees and academic materials, which has been quite demanding.”

 

Parents whose children are in private primary schools and those in boarding secondary schools bore the highest burden as they worked to ensure that they clear fees every term.

 

Tuition expenses for those attending public primary and day secondary schools were paid for by the government as part of the free primary and secondary education program.

 

 

 

The government pays a set sum of Sh22,244 per year for secondary school tuition at public schools. Parents are expected to pay boarding costs for their children.

 

Despite education cabinet secretary George Magoha’s warning to head teachers and principals not to send students home to pay fees, some institutions have violated the directive.

 

The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association has initiated the process of asking the government to release capitation funds for the third term.

 

Schools, they claimed, have been operating on extremely slim margins and have racked up massive debts as a result of financial delays.

 

 

“So far, the free secondary education funds have not been released. We expected them to be released by Friday ahead of reopening tomorrow, but that has not been done,” said a principal in Kiambu County who did not want to be named. Kessha officials refused to speak on the record on the matter, citing the need for engagement with the new administration first.

 

The Kenya Examination Council (Knec) will be giving three tests in the third term, including the CBC’s first-ever Grade 6 exam, as well as exams for students in Standard 8 and Form 4.

 

In November, schools across Kenya will administer the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), and the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA).

 

Due to the crash school calendar, Knec had to administer two exams this year, in April and November.

 

Prof Magoha’s revised 2020 school calendar advised teachers to embrace the new calendar and ensure they covered the syllabus on time.

 

The Ministry of Education canceled the school calendars for 2020, 2021, and 2022 for nearly six months each, allowing the calendar to resume its normal January to December time frame in January 2023.

 

An Education Taskforce Committee on Covid 19 recommended compressing the school calendar.

 

This term, the government will set up a CBC task force to collect views that will guide the continued rollout of the CBC and guide the implementation of junior secondary school.

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