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All set for Free Education for day students in Kenya

Parents with children in day secondary schools will not pay fees from January 2018, while national and extra-county institutions will charge Sh53,554 and 40,535, respectively, Kenya’s Daily Nation reports.

A circular on the rollout of free day secondary education addressed to head teachers and education officers says the government will pay Sh22,244 per year for each student, up from the current Sh12,870.

Day scholars will only be required to buy uniforms and lunch. Previously, they paid Sh9,374 each per year.

The circular, which is signed by Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang says the first disbursement for 2018 will be done next month and the rest in April and August.

During the presidential campaigns, President Uhuru Kenyatta promised that a Jubilee administration will provide free day secondary education for all.

“Our manifesto has outlined what we promise to deliver during this term and some of the plans have been concluded. A case in point is the provision of Free Day Secondary Education for All.

Already, my Administration has set aside Sh25 billion for the programme, which will commence in January 2018. It is for this and other programmes my administration has planned, that I seek your vote during the coming election next week.”

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