School principals have been given the go-ahead to increase school fees in order to fund infrastructure development.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the extra funds will go a long way in supporting infrastructure development.

CS Magoha also acknowledged that funds are currently strained due to the 100 per cent transition policy that is now in its second year.

He was speaking on Tuesday at the release of Form One selection results at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha

Parents not forced

Prof Magoha said the decision on whether to pay the increase should be left to parents to decide and no one should be forced to pay.

Secondary school principals have been seeking more resources, indicating poor capitation from the government.

They wanted fees in extra-county schools increased to Ksh80,452, up from the current Ksh62,679.

Suggested fee increase

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha with PS Belio Kipsang
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha with PS Belio Kipsang

Parents with children in national schools were to fork out an additional Ksh15,848, raising the annual fees to Ksh91,646. The current annual fees in the 103 national schools is capped at Ksh75,798.

For county schools, parents would pay an additional Ksh7,537, which would increase the fees to kSh70,216, up from the current Ksh62,679.