The government Tuesday put on notice schools that are selling uniforms saying it is illegal.
This is in readiness for a crackdown on suppliers who are colluding with learning institutions in the trade.
Trade and Investment Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria said the practice has locked out hundreds of businesses and manufacturers from the business, with a few individuals benefiting.
Kuria said a crackdown on schools is underway to ensure no institution is selling uniforms to parents/students.
He said parents have the freedom to choose where to buy.
“Schools have no business selling uniforms and they should focus on academics,” Kuria said.
Some manufacturers and suppliers benefit from deals entered with schools for the supply of uniforms and other materials.
“School uniform business should be liberalized not for cartels to deny others business,” Kuria.
He made the remarks at a media briefing, at the ministry’s offices at the Two Rivers Mall.
He said they will also review the countries ‘ textbooks policy in a move aimed at flashing out cartels, and opening the business to more players.