A section of private schools have asked children who were unable to raise school fees to go back home. Barely a week ago, Education CS George Magoha urged schools not to send children home for lack of school fees. However, he has since changed tune and asked parents to pay fees.
Reports show that a school in Nairobi county even barred students from accessing their classrooms. A parent in Nakuru County also said that his child’s school had retain some of his son’s personal belongings for failing to clear fees for the disrupted first term.
Education CS George Magoha has since asked parents to pay their fee balances. He noted that it is the only way they can facilitate the learning of their children.
“Parents are taking advantage, please take the little money that you have to school, if you go with nothing, you will have to be interrogated. If you can pay, then you must pay,” Magoha said.
“For boarding schools, the tuition part is also free, the only fee that the parents pay is what the children consume in the house. And my teachers are not animals, they are ready to listen to those parents and we should treat every case as it comes,” he added.
Professor George Magoha noted that he cannot force private schools to accommodate needy students. He said that the only thing he can do is plead with them. He urged parents who can not afford fees for private schools to take their children to public schools.
“If you have no fees, come back to public school, we will take your child because the government has directed that we should have 100% transition,” the Education Cabinet Secretary said.
Magoha’s statement comes days after some parents raised concerns on their inability to raise school fees and buy the necessary learning materials for their children.