Parents have received bad news ahead of school reopening, as it has emerged that they may be forced to dig deeper into their pockets if the Ministry of Education’s recent changes are implemented.
The Ministry of Education has proposed a review of the current fee structure, which could result in an increase in the amount of money parents pay.
CS George Magoha has also advocated for the transition of Grade 6 students from public to private schools for their Junior Secondary education in 2023.
According to George Magoha, this is after the majority of private schools followed the Ministry of Education’s CBC directive. Parents may also be charged exorbitant fees by private schools rather than the ministry.
“The government offering to move along with the private schools was a way of encouraging them to expand inclusivity during the transition period of the competency-based curriculum,” George Magoha explained.
Aside from the large number of classrooms built in public schools, private schools have also built laboratories that are fully equipped to facilitate learning. Magoha has therefore requested that the current government continue with the construction of other pending classrooms in various schools.
“We had encouraged primary schools, particularly in urban areas, to upgrade into junior high schools, and a large number of them have done so, and we are looking to get between 3000 and 4000 classrooms from there,” CS Magoha said.
This is despite the fact that parents are concerned about the looming changes to be implemented by Ruto’s government.