Exposed: Machakos Primary,St. Mary’s Girls and Mumbuni Primary schools on the spot over illegal levying


Education CS Prof. George Magoha

Education CS Prof. George Magoha has also ordered headteachers in primary schools to halt charges levied on parents to cater for internal examinations

By Cornelius Kimbui Editor

Over 15 primary schools in Machakos are on the spot for charging irregular fees before admitting new pupils.

Parents have raised the alarm saying Machakos primary; St. Mary Girls primary school and Mumbuni primary school among others have been charging illegal levies.

Parents of Kaliluni primary in Upper Kaewa are set to demonstrate accusing the board and school administration of allegedly ‘milking’ parents through illegal levying.

Pupils of Kaliluni report at the school very early in the morning and go home at 8pm against the law.

Here parents are forced to pay sh 150 for renovation of a pit latrine

Several Schools face similar challenges.

Machakos Primary has been accused of charging Sh300 for continuous assessment tests, Portfolio assessment tool sh 150, development fee sh 1,500 and maintenance/motivation fee of sh 500 contrary to Ministry of Education regulations.

One parent (whose name we will not reveal to protect his children) says his two children have been sent home on many occasions for tuition fees.

The parent accused the school administration of trying to exploit parents despite guidelines from the ministry.

At St. Mary’s Girls, parents are supposed pay for tuition fee, buy school uniforms at the school at inflated price.

Education officials from Machakos sub county to county level are aware of the rot in many schools but have remained mum over the matter.

The education officials are aware that schools managers have been exploiting the provision that allows them to introduce extra levies with the approval from parents.

Recently, parents lobby, National Parents Association (NPA), protested the extra charges, saying it was compiling a list of rogue heads and their institutions to present to Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha for action.

County Champion has learnt that the Ministry of Education  is set to dispatch a team of auditors to probe the schools, following complaints from parents.

Education CS George Magoha has also ordered headteachers in primary schools to halt charges levied on parents to cater for internal examinations.

According to Prof. Magoha, primary schools are supposed to have only three exams per year, one at the end of each term for the 8:4:4 and CBC classes.

Magoha reprimanded school head teachers charging exam fees.

The CS said  ordered TSC to take stern action against school headteachers violating Ministry of Education orders by charging illegal extra levies.

Appearing before the National Assembly Education committee Thursday, Magoha termed the fees illegal.

He said the government provides Sh35 annually per child to facilitate the administration of internal examinations.

Prof. Magoha noted that the government has provided all State-owned primary schools with two laptops that should be used to facilitate the printing of examinations.

“Through, the Digital Learning Programme, all schools received two laptops per school and headteachers are encouraged to provide them to the teachers to be used in typing the internally set examinations,” Magoha said.

Last month TSC interdicted Nakuru Boys High School principal for allegedly flouting government fees guidelines.

According to TSC letter of interdiction Yator Mike Kiplagat breached clause b(vi) of the Third Schedule of the Teachers Service Commission(TSC)Act leading to job stoppage.

“You charged extra levies to students in the years 2020 and 2021 contrary to basic Education Act section 29 while you were the principal Nakuru Boys High school,”reads the interdiction letter.

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