Baringo Students to Stay In School Regardless of School Fees Arrears
Baringo North Member of Parliament (MP) has promised that in his Constituency no student will be sent home sent for school fees beginning in 2023.
Speaking while at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) in Kabarnet after holding a meeting with all principals of schools in Baringo North Secondary School principals Hon. Joseph Makilap lamented that academic performance in the constituency was pleasing at all.
The MP started a ‘Rapid Academic Results (RAR)’. In his view, the program will boost the academic performance of the constituency following a long period of not improving academically.
Makilap pledged to reveal all the activities that will be included in the programme in due time.
Earlier in August while former Education Cabinet Secretary Magoha was inspecting schools in Kisii County, He told members of the media 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.
“I believe that most of them have phones. Rather than asking the child to go home and collect the money, you can engage the parents,” said CS Magoha.
However, for parents who have become a burden to the school by failing to pay school fees, Magoha told school principals to report the parents to the Cabinet Secretary for Education’s office and other relevant authorities.
According to CS Magoha, the authorities can act as go-betweens to help the schools and parents come to an agreement over paying school fees.
“If the parent is not cooperating with you, you can escalate that to my offices in the field and even to Jogoo House, including myself,” explained CS Magoha.
Magoha lauded education stakeholders who have ensured that children are supported despite the rising costs of living across the country.
He also said that he had had a conversation with the national examination candidates who revealed that they were ready to sit for the examinations.
Principals were unhappy with CS Magoha’s previous directive of not expelling children who have not paid school fees over the funding of educational activities.
Because of this, school administrators urged the Ministry of Education to review the fee structure.
The Secretary-General to the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (KUPPET) Akelo Misori said that the current fee structure is causing confusion and crisis in schools.