The Government has warned head teachers in public schools against increasing fees even as funds for second term are yet to be released.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said although they were aware that the schools were facing challenges, no teacher should dare increase school fees.
“We know there are challenges with the 100 per cent transition but they should not charge any extra fee,” said Prof Magoha.
The warning comes even as principals and head teachers called on the ministry to hasten the disbursement of funds as schools reopen today.
Many public schools have complained that registering students on the National Education Management Information System (Nemis) was not concluded in first term hence the lack of cash.
Unions and school heads associations contend that the perennial delay in the disbursement of funds is a threat to smooth running of the learning institutions.
In addition, due to prolonged drought, the cost of commodities especially cereals have gone up forcing school heads to devise ways of using the available funds.
However, Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) Chairman Indimuli Kahi warned of hard times ahead if the ministry does not allow them to increase fees.