Education CS Prof. George Magoha has defended parents from being charged extra fees by schools. Magoha spoke while on a visit to Machakos County where he has addressed the media at Kyemutheke Primary School.
“Each child has been empowered by the government to have his/her own books. Parents must not be forced to pay extra charges.” The CS said.
Magoha added that the provision of desks to secondary schools and primary schools will help in supporting schools especially in attaining the social distancing directives.
“It is also important to note that the Government of Kenya spends 71 Billion in both secondary and primary schools. 59 billion for the secondary schools for 3.1 million learners and 12 billion in the primary schools for a total of 8.4 million learners. In addition, Global partnership for education makes available an additional 10.8 billion which includes Kshs 1.1 billion Covid-19 response.” The CS revealed.
In 2020 according to the CS, 1.6 billion has been spent in 708 secondary schools, and the Government is set to spend 8.5 billion for improving infrastructure in both secondary and primary schools.
CS Magoha vowed to serve the Government of Kenya to see learning moves on well and make sure each student is comfortable adding that they are doing random checks in schools and this is now the third week since the exercise commenced.