According to Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, the government has set a maximum fee of Sh53,554 for national schools and Sh40,555 for county schools.
He spoke at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) during the briefing to announce Form 1 selection, where he also disclosed that Form One students will begin reporting to school between February 6 and 13.
He also stated that all candidates in the November KCPE exams were put in secondary schools, as the government strives to ensure a complete transfer from primary to secondary school.
From Tuesday, students will be able to enter the portal to see which schools they have been assigned to, according to the CS.
PS: Education Belio Kipsang has encouraged schools to allow parents to shop around for uniforms in order for them to acquire them at competitive costs.
Mr. Kipsang stated during the placement of Form I students that schools should not restrict the stores where parents can acquire uniforms for their children transitioning from Grade Six to Grade Seven.
This comes after CS Machogu said that the ministry has decided to have distinct uniforms for junior secondary school (JSS) students to differentiate them from primary school students.
“We will leave the decision on the type and colour of uniform for the respective boards of schools,” he said.
The announcement comes days after parents complained that new uniforms would be an additional cost in what is an already difficult economic time.
“The police and nurses have common uniforms. Uniform does not contribute to the performance of a child in school, it is like going to an office with or without a tie, but you perform your duties. The question of children having different uniforms in Kenya has been a problem because the cost differs, some are very expensive and sold at specific shops,” said Silas Obuhatsa, the National Parents Association chairperson.
Mr Machogu said that all 1.2 million students who did Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) in 32,555 centers across the country will transit all to JSS in line with the government’s 100 per cent transition policy.
He added that results from KPSEA will be available from tomorrow on the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) portal.