NAIROBI, Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto has warned school heads against charging extra fees beyond what is specified in Government guidelines, stressing that the Ministry of Education will take action on those who defy the guidelines.
His warning came after a number public secondary schools are reported to have defied the fees set down under the regulations by charging additional fees, a move which has generated an uproar among parents.
Speaking in Kilifi in southeastern Kenya over the weekend, Ruto said the government was covering for part of the school fees hence there was no need to charge parents more.
Several public secondary schools are charging upwards of 80,000 shillings (about 780 US dollars) per year, with non-core items contributing the bulk of the levies.
The Deputy President took issue with schools still charging examination fees, saying any head teacher flouting the directive will face the law.
He said the government had increased capitation for secondary schools in addition to scrapping examination fees for both standard eight and form four pupils.
He asked the Ministry of Education to investigate cases where head teachers are forcing parents to pay extra fees