Court Suspends Kakamega High School Ksh21 Million Damages Fine
Parents of Kakamega High School may finally breathe a sigh of relief after a court suspended the school’s management’s Ksh21 million penalties for damages caused by a fire a fortnight ago.
On Tuesday, November 16, Hon Justice W.M Musyoka issued the ruling, stating that the board’s decision had been annulled until further notice.
He stated that the next hearing will be held at the end of the day on Tuesday, November 30.
“The applicant is hereby granted leave to commence Judicial Review proceedings, more specifically to apply for the prerogative order to certiorary to bring into this court and quash the resolutions of the Board of Management meeting held on November 10, 2021,” read part of the ruling.
After parents complained that the Ksh21 million fine was too much for them to pay, the High School’s principal came under scrutiny. As a result, each pupil was required to pay Ksh 9,800 to cover the costs of the damages.
Other requests made by the school’s administration included settling any financial arrears before returning to school, and students were not permitted to return to school on the same day.
Form Four students returned on November 15, Form One student on November 21, Form, Two students, on November 23, and Form Three students on November 25.
The parents also attempted to interfere in the case by contacting Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
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“At Kakamega High School, every student was asked to pay Ksh10,000 and they have approximately 2,200 students,” Oparanya wondered, terming the measure as outrageous.
Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha has maintained his position that the Ministry would not finance the expense of repairs. He instructed that the charges be forwarded to the parents.