Court extends orders barring Govt from collecting school fees via eCitizen

Justice Chacha Mwita.

The High Court has extended orders barring the government from collecting school fees and other levies for all government learning institutions through the eCitizen platform.

While extending the orders, Justice Chacha Mwita stated that the government would not be affected in any way whatsoever by the suspension of the orders pending the determination of the case.

Justice Chacha, who sits at the Milimani Law Courts, directed the case to proceed for mentioning on April 17, 2024.

He had issued the order on Wednesday last week following a petition filed by Nakuru doctor Magare Gikenyi on Tuesday the same week.

Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) have already joined the case as interested parties.

KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori called on the government to respect the court orders.

Misori noted that the union did not oppose the orders but rather demanded for public participation before its implementation.

The Ministry of Education, in a circular by Education Principal Secretary (PS) Belio Kipsang dated 31st January 2024, directed all National school parents to make all payments through the eCitizen portal or the government PayBill number 222222.

The PS had directed institution heads to share school bank account details with the office of the State Department’s Director General by Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

By Obegi Malack |

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