Magoha warns school heads against charging parents for examination fees

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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha now says it will be criminal not to enroll a child for examination because of lack of registration fee.

Speaking during the release of the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results, Magoha said the government has set aside Sh5 billion for the examination registration in both public and private institutions.

“The government has been paying for examination fees for children in both private and public schools since 2016 and has paid a total of 27.7 billion and 5 billion has been set aside for this same purpose this year,” said the CS.

“The impressive 100 per cent transition policy that the government of his Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta has sustained, ensures that all children from all walks of life are taken to school,” he furthered.

The CS also noted the increase in enrolment from Sh1.3 million to Sh3.5 million in secondary schools in 2022.

Magoha who also urged the media to observe accuracy and objectivity while reporting cases of exam malpractices, said a good number of culprits have been dealt with.

“To my knowledge, individuals who have attempted to engage in exam malpractices have been dealt with,” he stated.  

He further confirmed that 75 per cent of secondary schools are completely free.

A total of 826,807 candidates sat for the 2021 KCSE examinations.

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