Students, Parents Turned Away For Sh21.6m Fine At Kakamega High School
Parents who could not afford the Sh9,800 penalty to rebuild the burning dormitories at Kamega High School were sent away yesterday.
Students who did not pay the penalty will not be allowed to return to school, according to the school administration.
Following a fire on November 6, the school, which had a student population of 2,265 students, was closed indefinitely.
Form Four parents who accompanied their children to school began arriving at the school gate as early as 7 a.m. yesterday.
Before being allowed to enter the main gate, they were instructed to provide bank receipts confirming they had cleared the required amount.
A large number of police officers were stationed at the school’s entrance to prevent parents from pushing their way in.
Only parents having bank slips were permitted to enter with their children.
Those who were unable to raise the funds, however, claimed that the school management did not listen to their requests.
Some who paid claimed they were unhappy with how the school administration handled the situation.
The total fine for all students will be Sh21.6 million.
The penalty, according to school principal Gerald Orina, was not excessive and much exceeded the losses claimed by some parents.
“The Sh9,800 figure was arrived at after an examination by public works officers from the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Planning according to Orina.
A majority of the parents complained about the presence of the police, accusing the institution of intimidating them.
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“They have refused to take half the amount required. I have asked for permission to see the principal, but the police are chasing us away. We deserve some respect as parents,” said a parent.
David Kabena, the OCPD for Kakamega Central, claimed they had received intelligence indications that parents planned to hold protests at the school.