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Education Ministry to schools- Pay balances owed to the Postal Corporation

Education Ministry's Circular to schools over nonpayment of postal boxes fees.
Education Ministry's Circular to schools over nonpayment of postal boxes fees.

The Ministry of Education has directed schools to clear monies owed to the Postal Corporation. The Ministry notes that most schools have not been paying for the postal boxes through which they receive mails and parcels. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Bellio Kipsang, says the non payment prompted the Postal Corporation to formally launch a complaint with the Ministry.

“The Ministry is in receipt of a letter from the Postal Corporation of Kenya in which it has emerged that many schools have not been paying for the postal boxes they have rented from the Kenya Postal Postal Corporation. Consequently, the schools have accumulated arrears totaling to KShs 185,639,304.” Says Dr. Kipsang via a circular sent to all County and Sub County Directors of Education.

The PS orders the field officers to ensure schools within their jurisdictions pay the arrears immediately.

“The Ministry notes with concern the non-payment of the rental boxes fee an direct you to ensure schools under your jurisdiction attend to this obligation,” adds Dr. Kipsang.

Non-payment of the postal charges has only but further complicated the financial status of the already struggling mail service provider. The emerging of internet has reduced the number of mails being sent through hard copies; with many preferring E-mails and other electronic modes.

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Part of the fee capitation that schools receive from the government is to be spent for various vote heads; including operation costs.

kipsang says school heads should immediately visit the postal corporation offices where they have rented the postal boxes to check their balances and clear them.

Communication from the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, to schools is done via the Postal boxes.

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