A few days after the government ordered payment of school fees on E-citizen, the news was not received well by many parents.
On February 7th 2024, A Nakuru doctor moved to court to block the payment for all services through the E-Citizen.
Dr. Magare Gikenyi, who is a Consultant Trauma and General Surgeon working for the county government of Nakuru, termed the initiative as illegal, adding that it violates the principles of good governance.
The doctor stated that the program proceeded without involving the public and is imposing a fee of Ksh.50 per transaction.
“The decision was arrived at capriciously, whimsically and without any of public participation.”
“Parents in rural areas who had been paying school fees via non-cash (trading maize and beans to the school) means will be locked out through this unfair administrative action.”
Dr. Magare now wants the court to stop the program until it meets the necessary criteria.
Govt decision to pay all school fees through e citizen
In a memo dated January 31, 2024 to all national school principals and signed by Basic Education Principal Secretary (PS) Belio Kipsang directed the institution heads to share bank account details with the government by Tuesday, February 6.
The decision is said to entrench an effective monitoring system on compliance with the relevant policies and regulations governing levying and payment of fees in public secondary schools.