Parents Accuse Headteacher At Kitale Public School Of Hiking Fees Without Consultations

Education CS Prof. George Magoha urged by parents to investigate the headteacher of Makunga Primary School

‘The government needs to come clean on whose responsibility it is to shoulder the burden of remedial fees in both primary and high schools since teachers are employees of the Teachers Service Commission’-A parent at Makunga Primary School

The last two days have been hell on earth for parents of Makunga day school primary in Kwanza Sub County in Trans Nzoia County following demands by the headteacher that learners should pay Ksh. 4,500.00 remedial and Ksh 3,500.00 for desks before being allowed into classrooms. Many of the parents who spoke to The Weekly Vision yesterday cried foul over the illegal directive which was arrived at without consulting stakeholders.

 

 ‘’ I find it unfair to compel a parent to pay Sh. 4,500 remedial and another Ksh. 3,500 regardless of the number of children he or she has. Imagine the kind of pain we are undergoing during this period after the long holidays’’, said a parent. The parents further accused the headteacher of‘’ using the pupils as labourers, making them slash the compound and picking the same grass to feed his animals.

 

The school recently announced that all 2022 candidates are expected to pay Ksh. 4,500 remedial fees, a directive that has angered the parents. ‘’ This is a public primary school and not a private institution, the government must urgently step in and solve this issue before we remove this headteacher’’, said the Trans Nzoia County Kenya national Parents association Chairman Wellingtone Waliaula. Mr Waliaula faulted the school management for failing to consult parents and other stakeholders in deliberating on the learners’ welfare.

 

“For the last four years that this headteacher has been here, we have never heard him call for parents and Teachers Association PTA meetings. This is wrong, he has to go’’, said Wilson Tonui, a parent. Waialua said the trend had spread to secondary schools in the five sub-counties which were also charging parents more money as remedial fees, a matter he said should be investigated. He said: The government needs to come clean on whose responsibility it is to shoulder the burden of remedial fees in both primary and high schools since teachers are employees of the Teachers Service Commission.

 

He said that it was saddening that most principals in the county had decided to ignore the guidelines laid down by the ministry of education. He said parents shouldn’t be exploited by a few self-centred principals who had for long enriched themselves through trickery. Two leading National Schools in the County were cited in the Scandal where teachers were involved in selling admission letters up to a tune of Ksh. 100,000.

 

Parents Now Want The Respective School Principals Investigated

 

A source told the Weekly Vision that the teachers had recruited some middlemen positioned in the Town’s Central Business District to sell the letters to the unsuspecting parents. The parents who have approached private investigators are contemplating instituting charges against the concerned teachers. The Principals, a Parent said were should be removed from the institutions in order for Poor parents to at least have their children compete fairly with others.

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