Ruto warns schools against extortion of parents on false capitation claims  

President William Ruto addressing the public in Busia after warning school heads against extortion of parents.

President William Ruto has warned school heads against extortion of parents by lying to them that the government has not given them money.

Speaking during a thanksgiving service in Busia County yesterday, Ruto said he has information that the public school heads are misleading parents on capitation to get extra cash from them.

“We have given enough money to make sure all our children go to school and learn. There is no requirement for parents to pay any extra fees to anybody,” he said with finality.

The Head of State said his administration has already disbursed funds to cater for learning and students should be in school.

“I want to tell those school managers not to take advantage of parents on falsehood that my administration has not released education funds,” he said

He warned of consequences for the officers, who he said are undermining efforts to transform the education sector.

The president said the government has released Ksh62 billion to primary and secondary schools, universities and TVET institutions.

“We have also released Ksh10 billion to MPs for bursaries so that even children from vulnerable families can access education,” he added.

Several students who sat the 2023 KCPE are still at home trying to raise money to join Form One.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu had said the Interior Ministry will mop up all homes to realize the 100 per cent transition, pointing out that the government upholds its commitment to providing Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE), which includes allocations for tuition and operational expenses.

By Obegi Malack

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