From January 2023, parents and guardians will be forced to dig deeper into their pockets to finance their learner’s secondary school education.
This is after the government announced the end of the school fees subsidy that had been imposed to cushion them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A circular by Basic Education Principal Secretary Jwan Julius indicated that the government will revert to the fee that was being charged before COVID-19.
The changes will see parents with children in national and extra-county schools pay KSh 53,554, up from the current KSh 45,000.
Learners in county and sub-county boarding secondary schools will be required to part with KSh 40,535 per year, up from KSh 35,000.
However, learners in day schools will continue to pay lunch fees as the government will continue settling their KSh 22,400 tuition fee and other expenses.
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New academic calendar
Jwan said the move to restore the fee initially charged was informed by the revised school calendar for 2023, which has longer weeks.
‘‘Given that the academic calendar will revert to 39 weeks from 30 weeks for the academic year commencing January 23, parents will continue to pay approved fees,’’ said Jwan.
In the revised 2023 calendar, term one will starts on January 23 and end on April 21.
The second term will run from May 8 to August 11. This will be followed by a two-week holiday.
The third and final term will start on August 28 up to November 3, then followed by a three weeks holiday.
In between the periods, there is a midterm break.
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