Principals Told to Report Parents Who Do Not Pay School Fees
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha has urged school principals to report parents who have difficulty in paying school fees for their children.
On Thursday, the 25th of August 2022 while 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.