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TSC warns schools over fees

TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia.
TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has issued a stern warning to teachers over claims of over charging school fees. The Commission says investigations are being carried out over some allegations that some schools are asking parents to pay extra fees; above the stipulated Ministry of Education Guidelines (on school fees).

“The TSC is investigating a few allegations that some teachers are not complying with Government directives on fees,” TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia now says.

The Ministry of Education slashed school fees for national schools by Sh8,500 and that for extra-county and county schools by Sh5,500 to ease the financial pressure on parents.

According to the new fees guidelines, Learners in national and extra-county schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Thika and Nyeri will pay Ksh 45,000 per year; down from the Sh53,554 that they have been paying annually. This represents a reduction of Sh8,554.

On their part, learners in all other boarding schools including extra county schools that are located in other areas other than the town of Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Thika and Eldoret will now pay Sh35,000. These learners have been paying Sh40,535 per year. Consequently, their fees has been slashed by Sh5,535.

Students in special needs schools will pay ksh10,860 annually, down from the Sh12,790; that they have been formerly paying.

The new reduced fees structure took effect on July 26, 2021.

Macharia now directs schools to strictly adhere to the fees guidelines.

“I direct that all heads of school to stick to stipulated school fees and avoid loading parents with unnecessary levies,” she says.

FREE DAY SECONDARY EDUCATION CAPITATION TO SCHOOLS IN 2021-2022

Government subsidy (Capitation) to schools to actualize Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) will be KES. 22,244.00 annually per learner as stipulated in table below;

 Table 1: FDSE Structure

S/NO. ITEM AMOUNT (KES)
1 Tuition 4,144.00
2 Medical/ Insurance 2,000.00
3 Activity 1,500.00
4 SMASSE 200.00
5 Other Vote Heads 9,400.00
6 Maintenance and Improvement 5,000.00
7 Grand Total 22,244.00

Other vote heads: local travel and transport, Administration, Electricity, Personnel emolument.

Disbursement of capitation to schools will be done in the ratio 50:30:20.

2021/2022 Boarding school’s fees structure- category A*

S/NO. VOTE HEAD G.O.K PARENT TOTAL
1 Teaching, Learning Materials & Exams 4,144.00 0 4,144.00
2 Boarding Equipment & Stores 0.00 24,935.00 24,935.00
3 Maintenance & Improvement 5,000.00 2,000.00 7,000.00
4 Other Vote Heads 9,400.00 17,267.00 26,667.00
5 Activity Fees 1,500.00 798.00 2,298.00
6 Medical & Insurance 2,000.00 0.00 2,000.00
7 SMASSE 200.00 0.00 200.00
8 Total School Fees 22,244.00 45,000.00 67,244.00

*Other vote heads Local travel and transport, Administration. Electricity, Personnel emolument.

 Schools classified as Category A are:

  • All National schools and
  • Extra county schools that are located in the following towns: Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Thika and Eldoret ONLY.

 2021/2022 Boarding schools fees structure- category B*

S/NO. VOTE HEAD G.O.K PARENT TOTAL
1 Teachiing, Learning Materials & Exams 4,144.00 0 4,144.00
2 Boarding Equipment & Stores 0.00 20,830.00 20,830.00
3 Maintenance & Improvement 5,000.00 2,000.00 7,000.00
4 Other Vote Heads 9,400.00 11,670.00 21,070.00
5 Activity Fees 1,500.00 500.00 2,000.00
6 Medical & Insurance 2,000.00 0.00 2,000.00
7 SMASSE 200.00 0.00 200.00
8 Total School Fees 22,244.00 35,000.00 57,244.00

*Other vote heads Local travel and transport, Administration, Electricity, Personnel emolument.

Schools classified as Category B* are other boarding schools including extra county schools that are located in other areas other than the town of Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Thika and Eldoret.

Also read; 2021/2022 new reduced School Fees structure and guidelines for all secondary schools in Kenya; Education Ministry releases guidelines

2021/2022 Fees Structure for Special Needs Schools

S/NO. VOTE HEAD G.O.K PARENT TOTAL
1 Teachiing, Learning Materials & Exams 4,144.00 0 4,144.00
2 Boarding Equipment & Stores 19,053.00 8,860.00 27,913.00
3 Maintenance & Improvement 5,000.00 2,000.00 7,000.00
4 Other Vote Heads 9,400.00 0.00 9,400.00
5 Activity Fees 1,500.00 0.00 1,500.00
6 Medical & Insurance 2,000.00 0.00 2,000.00
7 Top Up 12,510.00 0.00 12,510.00
8 SMASSE 200.00 0.00 200.00
9 Total School Fees 53,807.00 10,860.00 67.167.00

Other vote heads Local travel and transport, Administration. Electricity, Personnel emolument.

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