Despite the timely warnings by the Deputy President HE Dr. William Samoei Ruto, some Kenyan School managers have re-introduced and continued imposing extra levies like additional stationery fees, extra-tuition/remedial fees, among others, most of which were outlawed effectively in 2016. This is the pain and agony of a heavily taxed parent.
In Kenya, the government pays fees for all tuition and programs that ensure smooth running of schools except for boarding & meals: PE, TUITION, RMI, EWC, Stationery, Books, etc.
Any other extra levies are outlawed by government must not be allowed to derail the access to education by children in Public Day schools. Maybe, one should ask this question: why should managers of public schools refuse to comply with the government policies, programs and regulation of education provision yet they are in those positions at the behest of the govt?
Could be be a case of hidden interests, Selfishness or just the ‘I dont care’ attitude??
The government should make it clear to all education stakeholders that anyone who wants to charge extra levies in Public schools should be honest enough, quit and start their own private schools where they can impose certain levies at their disposal.
And to make it blameless and more workable, the government should separate the management of curriculum implementation from provision of meals to learners.
It should develop a policy to provide for independent providers of meals separate from school management, who will have private arrangement with parents.
This will remove the confusion that compound meals provision and tuition where parents load it over teachers when teachers send away their children for Lunch levy.