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Increased School Fees to Hit Parents Hard

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Parents from Elgeyo Marakwet have expressed concern over the move by the Ministry of Education to increase school fees come January next year.

Speaking in Iten, the parents said they are yet to fully recover from the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic that struck the country in early 2020 affecting livelihoods.

“We are appealing to the government to reconsider the move as the majority of people are struggling, others have had no jobs since the pandemic  and even providing basic needs for their children is a challenge,” said Elphas Korir, a father of four.

The move will see fees reverting to those charged before Covid 19, hit thus ending of the up to sh. 8,500 a year reprieve offered during the pandemic. 

Another parent Janeth Jepkosgei, with two children in high school said parents were not given time to adjust under current year school calendar.

“It is so sad that we have not been sleeping thinking of how we will get fees for our children due to the just concluded congested school calendar not forgetting the high cost of living, the situation is distressing,” she said.

In his justification for the restoration of previous fees, education PS Dr. Julius Jwan said that the extended school calendar for 2023 will have longer weeks.

The first term will begin on January 23, 2023, and end on 21st April 2023 as per the new calendar. The second term will last from the 8th of May to August 11, 2023, which will be followed by a two-week break.

The end-of-term holiday will take place between August 12 and 27, 2023. Students will get a three-day half-term break from June 29 to July 2 of 2023. The third term will begin on August 28 lasting until November 3rd, 2023.