When it launched its manifesto, Kenya Kwanza promised that its government would commit to addressing inequities in our education system to level the playing field for all children irrespective of their background. It committed to deliver equitable universal basic education which it
defined as 12 years of schooling.
Since then, Ruto administration has removed the school fees subsidy. The school fees subsidy had been
introduced by the Uhuru Kenyatta administration during the economic crisis brought by the Covid-19 lockdown.
Since then though, the economic crisis has become worse, cost of living gone even higher, and there has been no time a subsidy on school fees has been needed like in current times.
Further, the Ruto administration has also announced its intention to raise tuition fees in public universities.
Universities have proposed that tuition fees be increased to Sh48,000 from the current Sh16,000 which call has been supported by the Ruto administration. Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, speaking at Dedan Kimathi University in Nyeri on Saturday, November 5, 2022, said that universities should seek alternative means of raising revenue.
He said the government will no longer fund public universities and colleges. Education is the most efficient equalizer in Kenya. It is only education that has helped very poor boys and girls rise up to the highest echelons of Kenya’s economic, social and political life.
The removal of education subsidies and raising of university fees will have the most devastating effects on equality in Kenya with education becoming available only to the select few who can pay. The removal of school fees subsidy and the increase in university tuition fees is the greatest betrayal of the poor by the Ruto administration.