Parliamentarians want the Education Ministry to suspend a school fee bursary scheme for prominent people.

MPs argued that the scheme should be suspended until a clear policy guideline is developed by the Executive and approved by the National Assembly.

The Public Accounts Committee found out that the Education Ministry had Ministry overpaid fees for three students.

Part of the report reads: "The committee observed that there was no explanation for the double payment in favour of the two secondary schools in respect of school fees for three students."

It continues: “The committee observed that only a select few students were beneficiaries of the school fees programme and that these schemes are being abused.”

PAC Chairperson Opiyo Wandayi
PAC Chairperson Opiyo Wandayi

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi who chairs PAC noted that the Auditor-General's report had revealed that no explanation had been given over the overpaid fees.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang admitted that the Ministry paid school fees for two students –Damaris Nyambura and Teddy Mukaria.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang

He also acknowledged that the Ministry paid 2015/2016 school fees arrears to Michele Nafuna Wamalwa at Gems Cambridge International School (Nairobi) a total of Ksh1,592,277.

PS Belio stated that the school's management had been notified on the over payment and the fees shall be utilised this year.