Private schools candidates to pay registration fee
Private schools candidates to pay registration fee for national examinations from next year if a proposal by Members of Parliament is adopted.
Legislators argued that the government’s move to pay fees for learners in private schools has crippled operations of KNEC which has been cash-strapped.
The Legislators now want these parents to pay examination registration fees to help KNEC operations run smoothly.
The proposal was raised when KNEC chief executive appeared before the Parliament committee on Education and governance.
Dr. Njeng’ere had been called before the Committee to answer questions raised by the auditor general.
The legislators said the government has been paying exam registration fees for candidates in private schools thus making it difficult for KNEC to meet some Its basic obligations.
Government pays about 800 per learner for KCPE. For KCSE , the government pays between 5,000 to 5,800 shillings depending on the number of subjects.
Committee chairman said private schools are in business and if parents can pay fees, they can as well pay for learners’ examination feesprivate schools are in business and if parents can pay fees, they can as well pay for learners’ examination fees. He added that his committee will see to it that KNEC if funded well for it to deliver its mandate.
The main reason why private schools are operating is to make money hence private schools candidates to pay registration fees, Wamboka stated.
If the proposal for the private schools candidates to pay registration fees is adopted, they will pay from next year since the government will be paying for their registration fees for this year. This will affect both KCPE and KCSE Candidates.
For the private primary schools will not feel the heat so much because this year’s KCPE candidates will be the last lot before the full implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum