School on the spot for perennially keeping learners away over fees balances

Parents at Soil Conservation Secondary school in Trans Nzoia County are up in arms against the school management following a persistent habit of sending students away in search of funds to clear fee balances.

The institution is located at the heart of Kitale’s Kipsongo slums where majority of the parents are faced with abject poverty that makes it hard for them to raise the required fees on short notice.

The parents are wondering why the leadership of the day school has turned a blind eye to a directive by the ministry of education barring heads from keeping students away from school on grounds of fee balances.

“We are fed up with this habit of sending students away every now and then despite us reaching an agreement with the management to let our children learn as we settle fees balances gradually,” said Mr. Berabad Mayeku .

They expressed fears that the habit would affect the performance of the KCSE candidates at the school who have not been spared in the exercise guided by the management’s zero fees balance policy.

“Ministry of education officials are on record stating that all students should be in school since there are some funds sent to institutions through capitation. We want to know why the management is defying such policies,” said Mr. Micheal Nangdony.

They have now called on education cabinet secretary Prof. George Magoha come to their rescue saying their dream is to see their children acquire better education that will guarantee them a better future.

“We hail from the slums where there is no inheritance we can transfer to our children apart from education. It’s heartbreaking that a school we joined hands to establish can’t accommodate our economic status,” said Elias Wafula.