Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has asked teachers and school principals to report parents having difficulty paying their students’ fees.
On Thursday, August 25, during his inspection tour of Kisii county, Magoha told the press that students should not be sent home for fees before seeking an audience with their parents.
“I plead with our stakeholders that we continue to support our children as we move to the examination period and where you feel a child has the capacity to pay fees and they are not paying, please engage the parents.”
He contended that the principals could use technology such as phones to reach an agreement with them.
“I believe most of the parents have phones. Rather than asking the child to go home and collect the money, you can engage the parents.”
However, school principals were permitted to report burdensome parents to the Cabinet Secretary’s office and other relevant authorities.
Magoha explained that the authorities would act as go-betweens to help the schools and parents reach an agreement.
“If the parent is not cooperating with you, you can escalate that to my officers in the field and even to Jogoo House, including to myself,” he explained.
In his speech, the CS also thanked the stakeholders who continue to support children despite rising living costs.
He also stated that he had spoken with national examination candidates who stated that they were prepared to take the exams.
Magoha’s previous directive to principals not to expel children irritated teachers over the funding of educational activities within institutions.
As a result, school administrators requested that the Ministry of Education review the fee structure.
Secretary-General of the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (Kuppet) Akelo Misori noted that the current structure is causing confusion and crisis in some learning institutions