Principals under fire for turning away learners after mid-term break

Some students board a Matatu to get back home shortly after the mid-term break to fetch fees.

Principals in Kisii County have come under fire for turning students away for school fees immediately they reported to school after the midterm break.

One parent who spoke to Education News today in Kisii town said he escorted his son to school on Tuesday and paid some fees upon agreeing with the principal on how he would clear the balance.

“But I was annoyed when I found my son had been sent home for fees this morning,” he said.

Other affected parents asked principals to use school buses to ferry students home for their safety if they do not want them in school.

They argued that in the process of their travel, the learners meet their colleagues and there is no telling what the can do in frustration and anger.

Some principals who run boarding schools blamed the Ministry of Education (MoE) for delayed capitation that left them with no option but to require parents to pay up.

“We have no any alternative to run schools but to send them home for money to buy food because at school they do not eat air,” said one principal.

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