Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has announced a reduction in fees for secondary schools as students prepare to join form one.
The reduction is attributed to the nature of the 2021 academic calendar that was affected by COVID-19.
National schools are now to pay Ksh.8,500 less.
Whereas extra County and County, schools will pay Ksh.5,500 less.
The changes bring the new fees in National schools at Ksh 45,054.
While learners in Extra County and county schools will pay Ksh.39,554 as schools are to reopen on July 26, 2021.
It is a relief for parents struggling to raise school fees in the wake of a tight economy exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
When the year begun, the government reduced the yearly school fees paid by secondary school students by thousands of shillings.
Further, students in national and extra-county schools located in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Thika, Nyeri, and Eldoret will pay a maximum annual fee of Ksh.45,000 up from Ksh.55,000.
The Principal Secretary for Basic Education Dr. Julius Jwan says the fee structure revision will take effect from July 26, 2021, to March 4, 2021.
Additionally, Magoha also rejected proposals by the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) task force to abolish boarding schools in Kenya.
On July 19, the CS stated that boarding secondary schools will be abolished gradually but not immediately as proposed by the task force.
In February this year, the task force formed by CS Magoha proposed the scrapping of boarding in secondary schools under the new 2-6-3-3-3 education system.
According to the team, boarding schools were to be left for a few institutions to admit learners across the country who wanted to pursue various pathways in senior secondary.
They also proposed the scrapping of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination after the sixth year.