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CS Magoha Urges Parents to Pay School Fees, Thousands of Learners Fail To Report to Schools

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has urged parents to pay school fees if they are able. The CS also directed both public and private schools not to send home learners of parents who may not be able to pay the required amount of school fees.

CS Magoha said some parents took the directive of not sending learners home as an excuse not to pay school fees.

“Concerning school fees, I was being emphatic but being a typical Kenyan, parents took advantage,” said Magoha.

“Please use the little money you have and go to school. If you do not take anything, then an interrogation is required,” added the CS.

He stressed that schools should only allow children of those parents who are completely not able to pay the required school fees amount to remain in schools.

The CS made these remarks after Mary Immaculate Academy Jogoo prevented pupils from resuming learning after they failed to pay the entire second term fees on Monday, October 12, 2020.

Speaking at the formerly Olympic Primary School, the CS implored schools to engage with learners to build confidence as regards to COVID-19.

“In case there is an emergency and a child needs our help, every parent and teacher should act as a guardian,” said CS Magoha.

“We cannot wait until you find out who the parent of the child is. Such is our African culture,” added the CS.

Previously CS Magoha had asked parents to begin preparing the other learners who had not resumed learning. The CS said the rest of the classes will reopen in one or two-week time after the Ministry of Education observed how the COVID-19 situation will pan out.

Professor Magoha also implored parents to stop worrying about how safe children who resumed learning on Monday are.

Thousands of Students in Coast Region Fail To Report to Schools

Education Officials are concerned after thousands of children who used to attend school before the corona-enforced lockdown did not report to their respective schools for learning.

Administrators of education who inspected schools in Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Tana River and Mombasa said most of the girls who missed school either had gotten pregnant or had married off.

According to Daily Nation, boys who did not attend school had married or undergone cultural rites such as circumcision or forced to do casual labor because of the hard economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

What caused teen pregnancies are the restrictions related to COVID-19 such as the closure of schools to curb the spread of the coronavirus to a catastrophic level.

Family members were the main culprits for defiling the young children who were to report to school this month.

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