Day secondary schools principals in Meru county have been instructed to refund all the fees they might have received from the parents or face disciplinary action.
Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga also directed education officials, Deputy County Commissioners, chiefs and their assistants to ensure that the principals operating in their area of jurisdiction comply with the order to attain the government goal of 100 per cent transition rate from the primary to secondary school.
He said it is against government policy to charge any levy in any day secondary school because the government has already paid fees for all the students joining Form One this year courtesy of the free day secondary education programme.
“We want 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary education level and the best way to achieve this is to ensure that no fee is charged in all day secondary schools. If any parent has paid any levy and especially the lunch fees it should be refunded with immediate effect. Stern disciplinary action will be taken against any principal who defies the directive.”
“We are monitoring all the day secondary schools in the area on a daily basis to ensure that they are enrolling students free of charge,” he said. Speaking in his office, Nyagwanga warned parents with children in day secondary schools against paying even a single cent sying that the students can eat lunch in their respective homes just like they did when they were in primary schools.
The administrator was reacting to claims by parents that some day secondary school heads were sending away students who have not paid lunch levies. County Quality and Standards officer Chabari Bururia the government has disbursed the money to schools saying nobody should frustrate learners from poor backgrounds.