• “Principals should exercise caution while listing student requirements as part of the measures to reduce the cost of education,” Education CS George Magoha warned.

A parent shops for her child on their way back to school
A parent shops for her child on their way back to school
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Parents can now take a heavy sigh of relief after the Education CS George Magoha warned principals against asking parents to buy 'irrelevant' items.

“As a ministry, we are committed to ensuring that parents and guardians with learners who will be joining Form 1 are not overburdened with unnecessary requirements,” Magoha said on Monday.

The CS faulted school heads who request extra items, saying this increases the cost of education.

“Principals should exercise caution while listing student requirements as part of the measures to reduce the cost of education,” he said.

Magoha listed some of the unnecessary items that students have been asked to but when they join Form one since time immemorial.

1. Slashers

2. Handbrushes

3. Hockey sticks

4. Panga

5. Jembes

6. Atlas

7. Photocopy paper

8. Mathematical tables

9. Excersise books - this is catered for in the fees.

What not to carry for students joining form one
What not to carry for students joining form one
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