In Summary
  • The school heads also want to know how non-teaching staff and board of management teachers will be paid if the government insists on free education starting January 2018.

  • However, some schools are preparing their budgets in case the Jubilee administration fails to win the repeat poll.

  • Both the National Super Alliance and Jubilee have promised to provide free secondary education if elected.

Heads of hundreds of secondary schools have been thrown into confusion over next year’s fees after both Jubilee and Nasa promised to offer free secondary education if they win the October 26 repeat presidential election.

Head teachers who spoke to the Nation said they were not sure whether they  should prepare their budgets for approval by their respective boards of management to guide the school fee structure for next year.

“We have not received any directive from the Ministry of Education on how to conduct our programmes apart from seeing officials talking in the media about free day secondary education,” said a principal of a secondary school in Nairobi.

The principal, who sought anonymity for fear of being seen to contradict the officials, asked the government to use the remaining two weeks to guide them on whether or not to charge fees next year as they could not rely on pronouncements made by politicians on the campaign trail.

NEED TO KNOW

“Parents need to know what they will pay and we do not want to ambush them at the last minute,” said another principal from Busia County.

The school heads also want to know how non-teaching staff and board of management teachers will be paid if the government insists on free education starting January 2018.

However, some schools are preparing their budgets in case the Jubilee administration fails to win the repeat poll.

“Suppose Nasa wins, its plan will be different from that of Jubilee. That’s why we have to plan,” said a board member of a national school in Nairobi.

FREE EDUCATION

Both the National Super Alliance and Jubilee have promised to provide free secondary education if elected.

Prior to the August 8 election, Nasa pledged to implement free secondary education starting last month.

Its presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, has accused the Jubilee government of derailing the plan by stealing the August 8 presidential election, which has since been nullified by the Supreme Court.

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