Schools are now supposed to refund second and third term fees to those parents who had paid as they have been directed by the Education CS Prof. George Magoha
While speaking to the press on Wednesday, the CS said that parents and the institution can as well come up with another alternative agreement to push the fee to 2021 when we expect to reopen schools.
After the CS announced yesterday that 2020 academic calendar has been considered lost due to the COVID -19 pandemic hence schools will reopen in January 2021, a number of parents yesterday asked the CS to speak about fees payments since there some parents who had paid term one fees and even others had cleared fees for the whole year .
The Education CS, in a press address at KICD, said the decision was arrived at following consultations with all industry stakeholders and putting into consideration COVID-19 mitigation measures.
According to the CS, the stakeholders resolved to shelve the initial plan to begin phased reopening in September this year after parents expressed reservations about sending their children to school occasioned by the spike in coronavirus cases.
A parents representative at the meeting added that parents had wished to have the education calendar in 2020 postponed. He assured parents that they would sit down with the Ministry to discuss on how the school fees issue would be addressed.
The CS had earlier on stipulated several directives to curb the spread of the virus in schools with centre focus on teachers, infrastructure and the number of students per class. Magoha detailed that teachers will be tested for Covid-19 ahead of the resumption of studies.
The teachers were asked to report to their schools two weeks before the reopening date. The maximum number of learners in a classroom would be between 15 and 20 with each learner provided with two masks. All schools would also be equipped with thermo guns to aid in determining the temperatures of all individuals who will be seeking access to learning institutions
Prof. Magoha said the 2020 Standard 8 and Form 4 candidates will now sit their KCPE and KCSE examinations respectively later in the year of 2021.