MPs Oppose Ruto’s Directive on School Fees Payment via E-Citizen Platform

President William Ruto suffered a setback when MPs opposed a directive forcing parents to pay school fees via the e-Citizen platform.

The scheme, which had already been suspended by a court order, drew sharp condemnation from legislators, who claimed it would place an unnecessary financial burden on parents and potentially disrupt operations owing to delays in accessing funds.

During a meeting with Immigration and Citizen Services PS Julius Bitok yesterday, the National Assembly Committee on Education expressed concerns over the intention to collect fees through the government portal.

Vice Chairman Malulu Injendi pointed out the platform’s flaws, while Nabii Nabwera (Lugari) questioned the system’s reliability, given the Treasury’s history of delays in delivering cash to schools. 

“Treasury is the most notorious institution in this country because they delay even the allocation of capitation funds, so what guarantee do we have that the same won’t be witnessed with fees paid through e-citizen?” said Nabwera.

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Clive Gisairo (Kitutu Masaba) highlighted additional concerns, claiming that the e-Citizen requirement would not prevent schools from charging additional fees outside of the platform.

He also questioned the service charge put on customers, stating that it would be an additional expense for the parents.

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“You are saying that the system will make it cheaper for parents to pay fees, no, it will actually be more expensive because for each transaction there is a Sh50 service fee,” Gisairo went on to remark.

MPs Oppose Ruto’s Directive on School Fees Payment via E-Citizen Platform

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