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School heads warned against fee hikes

School heads in Pokot South Sub County have been cautioned against flouting the school fees guidelines set by the Ministry of Education.

Sub County Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) Director Rael Kipire said any move to demand fees beyond the stipulated amount will discourage parents from taking their children to school hence affecting the transition rate.

Ms. Kipire announced that any teacher found charging more than what the government has directed will be punished accordingly adding that no learner should be sent away for unwarranted fee levies.

Pokot South Sub County Teachers Service Commission Director Rael Kipire addressing Sub-county education stakeholders

“The President in consultation with the Ministry of Education has clear fees guidelines which must be strictly adhered to.   A hike in fees is a barrier and that is why some students discontinue their education,” said the TSC Director.

Mrs. Kipire reiterated the government’s commitment in supporting children from vulnerable backgrounds through bursaries thus there is no reason for any school-going-age children to be out of school.

“The government has supported the poor and the needy through bursaries and tuition fees as part of its efforts of ensuring all children get their basic right to quality education. Any TSC member trying to frustrate the move will face disciplinary actions,” she maintained.

Area Children Officer James Anching’a added that the government through the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has support packages for students from vulnerable backgrounds calling on target groups to show so as to benefit from the kitty.

“We have managed to pay school fees to a tune of Sh1.3 million for 321 needy students from Pokot South. I call upon those from the vulnerable backgrounds to get in touch with the office for government assistance,” urged Anching’a.

He stated that besides the education bursaries, a stipend of Sh 2,000 for each of the vulnerable families is given to cushion them.

During the sub county education stakeholders meeting held at Kabichbich Catholic Parish Hall, a school head challenged parents from the region to hold positive talks about education with their children noting there is a need for a strong partnership between schools and families.

“Low education standards are sometimes as a result of parents building a negative attitude in their children.  This should stop with parents taking an active role in their children’s education for improved living standards,” St. Eliza’s Kabichbich Girls headmistress Hellen Rono advised.

Mrs. Rono underscored the value of sensitising parents on the need for enhancing the girl child education instead of marrying them off at an early age.

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