Ruto Cautions School Principals Against Extorting Parents

January 22, 2024

During a thanksgiving service in Busia County on Sunday, President William Ruto warned education officials who extort money from parents by falsely claiming that the government has not yet disbursed education funds.

Ruto mentioned that he is aware of the unethical practices adopted by some school heads who demand parents to pay school fees, even though it has already been covered by the government.

The President stated that the government has allocated Ksh.60 billion in capitation to all learning institutions nationwide, along with Ksh.10 billion in bursaries, enabling students to access education across the nation.

“Hear this from me because these people will stop this ill behaviour because the government has disbursed the money…I want to tell those managers in the education sector not to take advantage of parents on false accounts of the government having released no money,” said Ruto.

“We have released Ksh.62 billion to our primary and secondary schools, Universities, TVET institutions, including Ksh.10 billion in bursaries to our MPs so that even children from vulnerable families can go to school.”

Affirming the government’s commitment to enhancing access to education nationwide, Ruto mentioned that his administration has augmented the number of teachers in various institutions, with plans to add even more.

“We have employed new 56,000 teachers to teach our children. This week 2,000 teachers will be employed into TVETs because we know the importance of education and we want every child to be educated to create equality,” Ruto noted.

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