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Government yet to decide on new school fees policy

The Cabinet is yet to discuss and give its final position on the new School Fees Regulation Policy proposed by the Ministry of Education and Sports last year.

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This means parents will have to bear the brunt of hiked school fees as schools prepare to open in February.

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We are waiting for Cabinet to guide us on the part of school fees and charges, then that is when we shall be able to move forward with any regulation,” Dr. Dennis Mugimba, the Education ministry spokesperson, said.

The School Fees Regulation Policy, which is still being considered, sets the minimum and maximum school fees and requirements all schools should follow.

According to the proposed policy, Government has capped fees for pre-primary schools at sh690,000 per term with day primary schools not to exceed sh650,000 in both fees and other charges, and boarding primary schools not to charge more than sh1.2m per term.

For secondary level, day scholars are to pay sh960,000 per term while the boarding section will pay sh1.6 million in fees and other charges.

Under the proposed policy, the education ministry also set the standard mechanisms for how fees will be determined or reviewed by a school.

Last year, the Minister of State for Education, Joyce Moriku Kaducu, told Parliament Government had developed a new School Fees Regulation Policy to regulate school fees and other school related matters.

The minister said the policy was ready and being reviewed by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

In the meantime, there are procedures in the ministry for any school to increase fees and this is done through the boards of governors and the school management committees,” she said.

Kaducu was responding to Samuel Opio, Member of Parliament Kole North County who was concerned about the plan by schools to increase fees, calling for Government intervention.

The schools’ conference is planning to increase school fees in the third term as a result of increased prices of essential commodities,” he said.

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