As Schools are expected to open for studies from next week, 8th January 2023 Kitui Central Member of Parliament has urged all school heads not to send learners home for fees, saying the Kenya Kwanza Government has disbursed Ksh 31.34 billion for capitation.
In a breakdown released by State House Spokesperson, Hussein Mohamed, the Department for Basic Education will receive Sh4.74 billion for first term’s Free Primary Education (FPE) and another Sh7.6 billion for Junior Secondary School (JSS).
Speaking during during a funeral ceremony at Kalawa village, Kyangwithya East ward in Kitui Central, Mp Makali said the school heads in primary, JSS and secondary have no authority to send learner with school balance home.
“Yesterday, the government disbursed Ksh 31billion for term one this year, the monies are going to be in their accounts. So please let no teacher send any child home, but instead negotiate with parents to settle the balances and wait for CDF bursaries”, he added.
“Even if you send a student home for fees, where will he get it from? The head teachers should dialogue with the child’s parents so that they can come up with a clear policy on paying school fees instead of students roaming the streets every now and then,” he said.
He said most students spend a lot of time away over unpaid fees, thus wasting the time they should be studying and end up paying for services they did not get.
He also asked parents to comply with schools’ policies of paying fees and help head teachers enjoy smooth running of their schools.
According to the Ministry, first term will run for 13 weeks, starting January 8, 2024 and close on April 5.
Schools will then proceed for half term on February 29 to March 3 for three days. The April holiday will then run for three weeks beginning April 8 to April 26 while term two is set to begin on April 29 to August 2 for a period of 14 week.
In second term, schools are scheduled to take a half term break from June 20 to June 23 and close on August 5 to August 23.
In Term Three, students will sit the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and the Kenya Intermediate Level Education Assessment (KILEA) from October 28 to October 31.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination will run from November 4 to November 22, which is three weeks.