Governor Oparanya, Parents Protest against damage fees of KSh9,823 imposed by Kakamega High School
Kakamega governor Wyclif Oparanya has asked principals whose schools were affected by arson attacks by students not to impose exorbitant charges on parents for repairs.
He singled out Kakamega High School where parents have been told to
pay 21 million shillings to repair a burnt dormitory.
Last week, the school was forced to close indefinitely due to an arson attack that destroyed two dorms.
The school administration assessed the damages and decided on KSh 21.6 million as compensation.
Each student was slapped with KSh 9,800, as stipulated in a circular served to the parents, which they are to submit upon their return to the institution.
The parents have now expressed their concerns, stating that they are unable to raise the amount due to outstanding fees arrears that they have yet to clear.
The parents claimed the school was “swindling” them and questioned why such an iconic institution did not have insurance coverage to cover the damages.
They also demanded that the administration hold all school employees, including security guards, accountable for the incident.
The school administration had announced that classes would resume soon at the institution.
The board of management asked parents to accompany their children to school for the three phase-resumption in a circular sent to parents on Thursday, November 11.
Form Four students will report on November 15, followed by Form One students on November 21, and Form Two and Three students on November 23 and 25, respectively.
The total cost of the damages has been determined to be KSh 21.6 million, according to the board’s secretary-general Gerald Orina.
According to the assessment conducted by the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, and Public Works, the school will require KSh 12.1 million to repair the dormitory.
The installation of CCTV in the affected building cost KSh 695,420, while 280 double-decker beds will cost KSh 4.1 million. 560 students lost property worth KSh 4.5 million during the reported inferno.
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Following the assessment, the school administration imposed a KSh 9,800 fine on each student, which must be paid on the day they return. The school has a student body of 2,200.