Kenya: Private Schools oppose Registration under County Government

Posted: December 4, 2014 in Kenya News

Private schools in Nyeri County have opposed a proposed registration charges under
the county government.

Kenya Primary School Association (KPSA) said
that they were not consulted
when the Revenue Administration Bill, 2014 was being drafted.

“We are urging the county government to consult us before the bill is passed having that
they did not consult us when drafting this proposed charges,” Nyeri County Chairman of Kenya
Primary Association (KPSA) said.

According to the proposed Revenue Administration Bill 2014, Sh 10,000 will be charged to register new ECDE centers in urban and sh 5000 for those in rural specific location and an annual registration fee of 300 per child in urban and sh 200 in rural areas.

And initial registration charges of sh 30,000 for new private schools in town, 20,000 for those
in rural areas and annual license per child of sh 1000 in urban and sh 700 in rural.

50,000 for both new private tertially colleges/ institutions in initial registration for both in rural and urban. And sh 100,000 annual registration for students below 100 and 200,000 annual for students above 100 in both urban and rural specific locations respectively.

“It is not workable. This is too much tax added to the parents ,”Ngunjiri Wanjohi said.

Wanjohi noted that implementing the bill will
affect the operations of private schools in Nyeri county.

He said that some private schools have already closed down due to lack of funds having that some of them run through loans and borrowed funds.

In addation he said that the bill will discourage local investors and lead unemployment if
implemented.

“Implimentation of the bill is loss to the county government society,” Wanjohi said.

The private schools will be doing a double registration having that they registered under the National government.

Speaking yesterday in Nyeri town Wanjohi said that a t he county government should carry out a research to know how private
schools run.

He discarded the notion that private schools are businesses.

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