Parents lobby protest against the proposal to hike school fees
The President of the Kenya National Parents Association (KNPA), Nicholas Mayo has condemned the move by school principals to increase fees as soon as the school opens.
While talking to the press, Mayo said that this step is unnecessary and they will not let the parents become more burden due to the fee hike.
“The teachers have given their proposals that they want to increase the fees, but as I am talking, the parents are having a tough time and the fee hike will put more burden on them as they are already suffering.
“As a parent association, we are not in support of the fee hike proposal, we are not in support of it,” Maiyo said.
Head teachers while attending their annual Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) want secondary school fees to be increased by Sh8,000, citing the increased cost of living.
“Whatever is done in the Ministry of Education should involve all stakeholders, our constitution is very clear and nothing can be passed without public participation, which is the law, the principals said their share. And as parents we have refused and we won’t allow this,” the KNPA president said.
He called upon the parents not to pay more than the amount given by the Ministry of Education.
“Not even a cent should be added to the fees. In 2021, we paid for four terms and it has become difficult for us to pay the amount, what if it is extended? We will pay only 45,000 which was planned by the ministry.
In case of any review, give us a call before affecting anything, our views are very paramount before coming up with any instructions,” advised Maiyo.