Education CS warns school principals against sending students with fees arrears home

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. George Magoha has warned school principals against sending students with school fees arrears home for they have limited time to cover the year’s targeted syllabus.

The CS gave this warning yesterday at Sironga Girls High school in Nyamira while commissioning construction of phase two of Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms in the county in readiness for accommodation of junior secondary students next year.

“The Ministry of Education squeezed the school calendar to accommodate for the time lost during the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides, the government is paying for the tuition fees for all its students in public schools thus no student should be sent home due to fees arrears,” he said.

“The capitation paid by the government will be deposited in schools accounts by Friday this week latest Monday next week and there should therefore be no course for alarm. Further, the government has ordered importation of maize to cater for the country’s shortage so no principal is allowed to increase school fees alleging high cost of commodities for it will land such in trouble,” the CS cautioned.

“The government will be funding construction of 3, 500 CBC classrooms in phase two of the project whereby I have commissioned construction of two more classrooms here at Sironga Girls to make a total of four in readiness for accommodation of CBC learners who will be joining junior secondary school next year,” Magoha affirmed.

He warned contractors who want to undertake shoddy works saying they would be terminated and held accountable.

The CS further said the lazy ones equally have no choice but to speed up and deliver quality works stating the CBC classrooms must be completed as directed by the President because all the targeted 11,000 classrooms and science laboratories in selected schools must be completed before we go into elections in August.

Sironga Girls High school Chief principal Ms. Eva Adhiambo said they were gratified by the Ministry of Education’s gesture to allocate them four CBC classrooms whereby two are fully completed, commissioned and already in use by a section of the form ones.

“Our institution’s infrastructural facilities are already overstretched because our student’s population of 2, 700 is not an easy task to manage but we are up to it. The CBC classrooms have come in very handy. In addition, the Ministry’s Infrastructural Fund has enabled us to complete eight ultramodern classrooms with a hope to complete eight more in the next phase to have a total of 16,” she explained.

In the first phase of the CBC classrooms, Nyamira completed 100% and CS commended them for the job well done.



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