The Government has directed all primary and secondary school heads to release students' certificates in their custody.
Further, the ministry has warned schools from charging any levy before releasing the documents. This is contained in a circular seen by The Standard by Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dr Julius Jwan instructing all county directors of Education to ensure the directive is adhered to.
"The Ministry of Education has sent numerous reminders and circulars to schools through the field officers warning them against the introduction of extra levies, withholding KCPE/KCSE certificates and conducting illegal tuition during the weekend and school holidays," Jwan said.
According to the CS, the Government has over the years cushioned pupils from poor backgrounds by introducing Free Primary Education and Free Day Secondary Education.
Dr Jwan said the ministry has been receiving several complaints from parents and guardians whose children have not been given the vital certificates.