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MP lauds directive to release KCSE certificates

22 July 2014, 12:07 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Mt Elgon MP, John Serut has lauded the directive by the state compelling secondary school heads to release Form Four certificates they are holding over fee arrears, and asked head teachers from his region to immediately comply with the move.

Serut ordered school administrators in Mt Elgon Constituency to release the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results certificates they are withholding by Wednesday.

The MP who was speaking on Sunday at Kimobo Secondary School during a function to hand over a school bus purchased by the local Constituency Development Fund (CDF) at a cost of KES 6.5 million warned  headteachers who will not give out the documents that they risk prosecution.

“The directive is part and parcel of the law, which was passed by the ninth parliament of which I was a member and it is just being enforced now. Mt Elgon headteachers have up to Wednesday this week to give out the certificates to the former students,” ordered Serut.

“Any school head that will ignore the directive and retain the documents is doing so unlawfully,” he added.

The national assembly member asked Form Four graduates from his constituency whose certificates were retained because of arrears, to take advantage of the blanket waiver and pick the important document.

Meanwhile, two representatives of secondary school headteachers from Mt Elgon have asked the government to reconsider the decision compelling them to unconditionally release KCSE certificates, saying it will pose a big challenge to the schools in the Mt Elgon region where nearly 50 percent of parents do not pay school fees for their children.

“My school itself is owed over KES 8 million by former students whose results certificates we are still holding because of fee arrears. Running the institution will be a big problem if the former students collect their certificates without paying up,” said Kiboi, the Cheptais High School Principal.

“The government should come out clearly and tell us how schools like those in Mt Elgon will be assisted if they release the certificates,” said  Kones, the Kapsokwony High School Principal.

“I am afraid with the new directive by the government, parents who have been reluctant to pay fees for their children will now have another reason not to pay,” added Kones, who revealed that his former students owe the institution more than KES 10 million in arrears.

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