Embakasi West MP George Theuri has come to the rescue of parents on matters school fees. During National Assembly sessions on Wednesday, the legislator sought to know the measures taken by the Government through the Ministry of Education to cushion parents from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has affected most of the parents who now have to pay school fees four times a year compared to the past where they only paid three times a year.
This is said to have resulted in increased cases of school dropouts where statistics show that when schools opened in January 2021, about 8 percent of the boys and 16 percent of girls did not report back to school. Dropouts and teenage pregnancies also increased during the covid-19 pandemic period.
“Could the CS explain why parents are required to pay school fees for an extra one term during the year 2021 although the terms have been shortened, such that the total period spent by children in school for the year will be equivalent to the ordinary school academic year?” the Embakasi West MP said.
Apart from the school fees, parents are also expected to buy learning materials such as books and uniforms. This has resulted in education becoming expensive especially for those going through
Theuri also requested to know the various steps the Ministry of Education is taking to ensure that the students are not sent home due to school fees noting that there was a need for the Government to ensure that education is affordable to all and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic which crippled the education system.