Magoha Issues School Fees Directive To Principals, Challenges Them To Reach Him Out Via Phone Call
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has directed school principals to direct their school fee demands to parents rather than students.
On the children returning to school after the break today, Magoha urged all principals not to send students home due to fee arrears. “Because we are in very difficult times,” he said.
“Because we are in very difficult times, I plead with school heads not to send children home for fees during these economic times,” he said.
He urged teachers to collaborate with parents, emphasizing that despite the lost time, they should not underestimate the students’ resilience.
“Some of these students have completed their syllabus and are in revision mode. We are in a difficult transition period and we hope all will go well and there will be no interference with the school calendar,” Magoha noted.
Magoha claimed that students had already squandered a significant amount of time during the election-related midterm break.
After a two-week break, students returned to finish the second term on Monday.
He explained that the declaration was made to ensure that no learner was sent home because of fee arrears.
Students will be in school for one month, with the first term ending on September 17 and the third term ending on November 25.
“Parents should give children whatever they have and once children arrive at school they should not be sent back home,” he said.
Magoha challenged school leaders who are feeling overwhelmed to contact him via phone.
“My line is always open, you can call me. For students who are struggling, please in the name of God let us struggle with them,” he said.
This is an attempt to ensure that students attend school for the remaining four weeks of the second term.
Most schools that have already begun administering exams will now resume where they left off.
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“If you want to engage the parents most of them have phones, parents have suffered and we understand,” he said.
As students arrived at school on Thursday, they were met with the usual transportation crisis of congested bus stops.