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Parents against class repetition

14 March 2013, 18:27 Steve Wambugu

Trouble is brewing at one secondary school in Subukia District between the management and a section parents after the principal allegedly ordered some students to repeat class.
According to the parents who spoke to the media on Wednesday, the principal had disregarded the directive of the Ministry for Education by forcing some students to repeat.

“The principal has forced some students to repeat but this is against the minister's directive,” said the parents who sought anonymity.

The parents argued that some of the students who were being forced repeat classes were going to add extra burden to parents who still had other children who want to join form one.  

They added that efforts to discuss the matter with the school management bore no fruits, a situation that has so far forced most of the students in the school to stay at home as the standoff continues between the school management and parents.

The angry parents also opposed the charging of 500/= tuition fees saying that only willing parents should be made to pay the amount as opposed to the current situation where all parents are required to pay the amount.

When contacted through the phone to comment on the matter, the school Principal Mureithi Kanyi said the decision to charge tuition fees was agreed upon by all parents but he could however not comment on the allegations of forced repetition of classes.

“This is something which was discussed and all parents know that,” he said.

The parents have now threatened to march to the Nakuru County Director of education Officer to bring to an end the current stalemate.  

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