Students who were recently admitted in their respective secondary schools including those who were taken personally by the Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha have been turned away by their principals.
A report by Citizen TV on Monday, September 6, 2021, indicated that the school principals had sent the students home due to school fees arrears.
A student who had benefited from the mop-up exercise, disclosed that he was sent away over fees arrears amounting to Ksh.53,000.
While appealing to Magoha for help, his uncle, Timothy Mudanyi who lives with him in Nakuru County noted that prior to the notice, he was not aware that there were arrears that he was required to clear.
“He studied the first term without any problem. When he went to Form Two, he returned for half term with a notice of Ksh. 53,570 arrears.”
“When he was picked, I understood that he would go through to completion,” Mudanyi stated.
Another parent from a school in Kakamega County, claimed that some students had been sent home this year, including Form Ones, over fees arrears.
The unidentified parent claimed that an extra charge for Ksh.4,500, disguised as special subject fee, had been added as part of school fees for all students.
This comes even as the government increases its efforts to ensure a 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school.
This comes even as Magoha warned parents to ensure that their children report to form one or risk arrest.
The Education CS added that there is no reason for children to continue staying at home while the government pays capitation to secondary schools.
“75 per cent of all the 10,000 public secondary schools in the country are day schools, and we pay for all the school fees in these schools except for uniforms and food.”
“Why must students stay home? If we find out that you are keeping a child who has finished primary school at home by Friday, you will be arrested,” Magoha warned.
The set deadline of Friday, September 3, 2021 has since lapsed and 117,000 of the 1.17 million students who sat for the KCSE in 2020 are yet to enroll to form one.