School Fees Reduced Ahead Of Reopening

The Kenyan government, through the Ministry of Education, has reduced school fees the secondary students.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha said the reduction is occasioned by the short nature of the 2021 school calendar. The normal calendar runs for 39 weeks in a year, but this year has only 30 weeks.

The school calendar was interrupted following a nine-month school closure in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prof. Magoha spoke at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development during the launch of the government-funded Elimu scholarships for 2021.

The project is part of government efforts to ensure 100 percent transition from primary to secondary schools and is supported by World Bank.

According to the CS, the National Schools will pay $85 less to and Extra-County and County schools will pay $55 less. Students in national schools will now pay at least $450 while extra-county and county schools $350.

At the same time, Magoha issued a stern warning to school heads against hiking school weeks.

“I want to make it clear that primary schools and day secondary schools are free in case of any charge, it should be approved and voluntary,” he said.

Schools reopen on July 26 for the first term of 2021 after a one-week break. The first term will run until October 2 before the second term kicks off on October 10. It will run until December 23.

The third term is scheduled to run from January 3 to March 4, 2022.

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