Education Ministry statement on illegal levies JSS schools charging parents.

The Principal Secretary for the State Department for Higher Education and Research, Betty Muganda today led the officials of the Department and State Corporations in a briefing to the Members of the Committee on Education & Research on F 2022/23 supplementary budget estimates IPS.

The ministry of Education made this known via Twitter.

Betty Muganda said, according to reports that public universities have continued to accumulate huge pending bills that government should address to ensure that the Universities continue to provide quality education to students.

Further, PS Betty clarified that Open University of Kenya will provide opportunity for higher education to Kenyans who did not have chance to get university education, including those who dropped out of school and too engaged to pursue regular university programme.

The Principal Secretary for State Department for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang led the officials of the Department to brief the Committee on Education & Research on consideration of supplementary budget estimates no.1 for fiscal year 2022/23 at a Hotel in Nairobi on Friday.

At the same, PS Kipsang said that the government will deal firmly with headteachers who were charging illegal and extra fees, saying their decision to levy unauthorized charges on parents Junior Secondary Schools and other levies was pure impunity by headteachers.

The PS said the Ministry will work through a multi-agency approach to stamp out illegal levies schools were charging parents, and deny headteachers defying Government directive responsibility to manage school resources.

PS Kipsang said Government has provided Shs 9.6billion for the capitation needs for grade 7 learners under the Junior Secondary School.

He said the amount will meet capitation for 1st term since capitation is disbursed in 50%, 30% and 20% for 1st,2nd and3rd terms respectively.

PS Kipsang added that 2nd term requirement of KShs 5.7 Million will be considered in Supplementary Estimates No.2 as per the National Treasury communication.

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