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Daily Nation : February 18th 2014
10 | National News SCHOOLS | Red flag over high cost of secondary education Ministry to publish new fees guidelines CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 reach of many parents and guardians. Cases of bright but needy students being unable to raise fees to join the schools of their choices have also been on the increase. Concerns have been raised by players in the education sector over the high cost of education in the country, especially at the secondary school level, with parents being hit hard by increased levies. As a result, the ministry issued a circular warning headteachers not to increase fees this year until a taskforce is formed to review the figures and its report released. Second term “The new fee structure must be out before May 5, when schools open for the second term,” the minister said. “The taskforce will conduct an in-depth review of earlier reports by an acclaimed educationist, Dr Eddah Gachukia, whose theme was ‘Low cost secondary education in Kenya’ and Prof Douglas Odhiambo’s report on ‘the alignment of education to the Constitution’ as well as other relevant literature,” Pro Kaimenyi said. The review the Cabinet sec- retary said, “was informed by the fact that secondary school fees were reviewed more than five years ago and might not be applicable today due to inflationary pressures”. He spoke while introducing members of the Taskforce on Secondary School Fees in Kenya at his Jogoo House office yesterday. In 2008, the Education ministry revised school fees 18,435 Amount, in shillings, public boarding schools were told to charge annually ‘‘ The taskforce will conduct an indepth review of earlier reports,” Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi for all public boarding schools. They had to charge Sh18,435 annually. The government also sub- sidised day school secondary education with Sh10,265 per student to make education affordable and accessible. “It is also important to note that the public has raised concerns about the high fees levied in our schools,” Prof Kaimenyi said. The minister, who was with Principal Secretaries Belio Kipsang and Collete Suda, said the high fees and levies were blocking bright students from joining national schools, forcing them to opt for cheaper district schools. Escalated costs “We even have reports that some students have dropped out of schools completely because of the escalated costs,” he said. Limuru Girls tops the list of schools charging high fees. Students are required to pay Sh128,000 annually—a 112 per cent above 2009 charges. The taskforce will be chaired by the former Education assistant minister, Dr Kilemi Mwiria. Other members include the chairman of the Kenya National Association of Parents, Mr Musau Dunda and the Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary-general, Mr Wilson Sossion. SAMMY KIMATU |NATION Residents of Nairobi’s Mukuru-Kaiyaba slum in Industrial Area wade through flooded Busia Road yesterday. Many roads in the area were flooded due to poor drainage, which forced the water to change course. Houses, factories, and other businesses counted losses following the havoc. Youths made booming business charging Sh20 to ferry customers across the flooded sections using carts. Task force formed to improve performance in city schools BY NATION REPORTER A task force has been formed to find ways of narrowing the gap between public and private schools in Nairobi County. The team seeks to bridge the disparity in national examination performance between learners in public and private schools. The task force will be chaired by Dr Mark Matunga, the Education Technology Advisor at Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands and will incorporate other educationists in the country. Nairobi Governor Evans Ki- dero (left) said the low transition rate from primary to secondary school among pupils in public institutions was worrying, hence the need for the task force to come up with appropriate interventions. “There is an urgent need to improve the performance in public and informal schools to avoid a class-based society, in which only those who can afford to attend private schools have access to better education,” the governor said. Dr Kidero, who met head teachers from the county’s public schools during the launch of the county task force, observed that most of those who scored more than 400 out of 500 marks were from private schools. UN to train women BY NATION REPORTER A United Nations organi- sation will assist women entrepreneurs in the country to excel in their business ventures. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UN Women and the International Trade Corporation, that will see female entrepreneurs benefit from training. Visiting UN Under-Secre- tary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka yesterday said the training pact was tailored to empower women in business, especially suppliers. She was speaking at Harambee House when she paid a courtesy call to Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru (below). Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka said she would facilitate a meeting between UN Women, ITO and the Kenyan delegation to the forthcoming conference on the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. NAIROBI Trader handed four years for pretence A businessman was yesterday handed four years for impersonating a military officer. Francis Ng’ang’a was sent to jail by a Kibera court on his own plea of guilt. The court was told that Ng’ang’a hired a taxi from Westlands to Langata for Sh3,000 but refused to pay. He told the driver, Mr Simon Kamoro, that he was a military officer attached to Langata Barracks. He was arrested after investigations established that he lied to Mr Kamoro. RAIN HAVOC | Residents’ nightmare DAILY NATION Tuesday February 18, 2014 BRIEFLY NAIROBI Two deny obtaining Sh7m from city trader Two foreigners have denied obtaining Sh7 million from a Nairobi businessman pretending they would sell him gold from Congo. Mr Wahab Mohamed, a Somali and Mr Everiste Bwabwa, a Congolese, were yesterday charged with obtaining the cash from Mr Ghebreyesus Fremichael last year pretending that they had five kilogrammes of the precious metal to sell. KIAMBU Gang steals artefacts in curio shops raid A gang over the weekend broke into curio shops and stole artefacts worth thousands of shillings. Shop operators in Kwa Mathore area in Lari District said a gang of 10 people attacked men guarding the premises on Friday night and stole the carvings. The fleeing guards raised the alarm, but by the time police arrived, the gang had left. Area police boss Alfred Makoma said the robbery took less than five minutes. NAKURU Be polite to suspected offenders, askaris told A group of County Assembly members have accused askaris in Naivasha of being rude while arresting suspected lawbreakers. They want such askaris trained on the appropriate language they should use when making arrests and on how to handle the suspects. “We need them to learn to respect the people they are collecting taxes from,” nominated assembly member Esther Magere said. NAROK Hiring of county official put on hold Recruitment of a county execu- tive committee member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has been halted. The Industrial Court issued an order stopping the county from filling the position that was previously held by Mr Richard Bwogo Birir. The court issued the order in Nakuru after Mr Birir challenged his dismissal by Governor Samuel Tunai. Justice Byram Ongaya certified the application urgent.
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