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Parents urge government to subsidize education materials

Parents are urging the government to subsidize some of the education materials as they report to school for the first term.

Ruth Wangui, a parent speaking to KNA in Nanyuki while preparing to take her child to school, said some of the compulsory education materials needed for form one admission were inaccessible to parents due to high cost.

“It’s likely most of the children are going to drop out of school due to economic hardship. Government should consider lowering prices of some products. Some schools are even asking parents to pay school fees in advance as they evaluate the situation,” said Wangui.

Momanyi Gitonga, a parent, lamented that some of the essentials like calculators, mathematical set, dictionaries among other form one admission requirements were costly.

“Everything is expensive, especially when children are reporting to school. You can’t spend less than two thousand in any bookshop. Some of the books are compulsory and children can’t report without them,” said Gitonga.

A spot check established that parents and students had thronged various bookshops, uniform centres and matatu termini.

The business community cited a business boom compared to previous year as students prepared for back-to-school.

Prices of basic items like maths calculator retailed at Sh.1500, Kamusi ya Kiswahili Sh.1244, English Dictionary Sh.1625 and Geometrical set at Sh.270.

Students were expected to open for the first term starting May 3, 2022.

Alvin Ndung’u, a pupil sitting on his metallic box, set to join form one in Meru school, Meru County. Parents urged the government to subsidize some education materials to enable needy parents to access them

Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha speaking during the launch of form one selection in Nairobi recently, warned school heads against sending students home due to school fees arrears.

Further, about 1.2 million candidates who sat for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) are expected to be placed in various public secondary schools countrywide.

Source:KNA

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