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    CS Machogu explains fee increase for secondary schools

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    The government’s decision to end the support for secondary school tuition has been addressed by Education CS Ezekiel Machogu.

    Speaking on Wednesdays at Wajir High, Machogu explained that the change was brought about by a return to a more traditional school schedule.

    “On January 23, we will go back to having three terms as we had previously, and the fee structure will be the same as it was two years ago,” as stated by Machogu.

    “In Kenya, no one has modified the figure. Another task force is needed to change school fees,” he stated.

    The shortened school year caused by Covid-19 prompted in an Sh8,500 fee reduction announced by the government.

    A ministry circular states that the new baseline fee for national schools is still Sh53,554, the same as it was before the cut.

    There will be seven counties where this will be implemented in both national and extra-county schools.

    Early Learning and Basic Education PS Julius Jwan wrote new guidelines and had them endorsed by all county directors of education.

    The circular states, “The counties are Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Thika, and Eldoret.”

    Boarding schools are included under the new regulation.

    In addition, the government has placed the schools under category B.

    In this case, students would get the same Sh22,244 subsidy that is offered to those attending a day school.

    “To cover the expense of boarding as well as maintenance and renovation, parents will pay Sh40,535,” the circular states.

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