Don’t spend money on drinking and the kids aren’t in school, we’ll come for you, warns George Magoha Kenya News
- The government has released KSh 59.4 billion to primary schools and KSh 15.2 billion to secondary schools for the 2020/2021 school year
- On Friday July 16, Magoha chaired the handing over of items donated by Ahadi Kenya at Motomo Primary School in Gatundu South.
- Donated items, which include sanitary napkins for girls, are meant to help students stay safe from COVID-19 infections
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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has warned high school principals against sending students home for non-payment of school fees.
Parents with school fees in arrears should have time to pay instead of sending their children home, disrupting their learning, Magoha said.
The government provided funds to schools
Magoha said the government has already released KSh 59.4 billion to primary schools and KSh 15.2 billion to secondary schools for the 2020/2021 school year.
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He said that the problems of lack of funding should not arise after the funds are disbursed.
” By the Constitution, primary school is compulsory and unavoidable; the government pays for it. So I don’t know what tuition fees we’re talking about for primary school. Parents are supposed to buy uniforms and maybe make sure the students have something to eat at school, ” he said.
Magoha spoke at Motomo Primary School in Gatundu South, Kiambu County on Friday July 16.
He distributed items donated by Ahadi Kenya to help students protect themselves from COVID-19 infections and sanitary napkins for girls.
The Home Office through the chiefs and the county administration should ensure that all learners are in school. And if we find out that you are spending all your money on alcohol and your children are not in school, then we will have to ask you to visit us at the police station as a parent, ” Magoha said.
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In June 2021, the harsh-speaking CS came under heavy criticism from the Kenyan public after asking principals to send out tuition defaults as learning resumed after third trimester , the semester break.
Kenya has over 10 million defaults
Speaking when he presided over the opening of the agricultural laboratory of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Magoha observed that there were more than $ 10 million in non-payment of fees across the country.
“I want to demand, on behalf of the government, that Kenyan parents who are still late in paying the balance of their third trimester tuition fees pay it without further delay,” Magoha said.
Magoha said some parents refused to pay their children’s school fees when they were well off.
“Our population is exciting. The majority of people who don’t pay a fee can afford to pay a fee. The majority of people who refuse to pay can afford to pay and have to pay,” added Magoha.
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His feelings came just six months after the government announced it would welcome learners affected by the closure of some private schools across the country following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.