School to be closed
06 April 2012, 13:54
A private Secondary school in Malindi may face closure failure to register its 43 candidates for Kenya Certificate of Secondary School.
Malindi District Education Officer Mary Kamurua on Wednesday ordered King David Secondary School management to register the students after she learned that they had not been registered for their final exams.
The Education officer who visited the school in person and discussed the matter with the candidates said she will ensure that the students are registered in the late registration period.
“It is very sad to learn that your teachers have not registered you even after some of you have cleared their fee balances,” noted Kamurua.
She said already out of the 43 students 25 had cleared fees with the school as well as KCSE registration fee although they had not been registered.
Kamurua ordered the school's management to register the students within a period of two days failure to which the school will be deregistered as an exam center and also as a school by the Ministry of Education.
She wondered why the school management had not informed the students that they had not been registered for their final exams and yet some had paid for the exams.
“Whether they have paid or not the school should register them because they are the ones responsible. In addition to that no student should be forced to pay the extra 2,000 shillings for late registration because it is the schools’ fault and not the students,’ she asserted.
Addressing journalists at the school on Wednesday the education officer said the school should have registered the students on the normal registration which ended 31 March 2012 instead of late registration which is expensive.
She went further to add that the school had developed habit of failing to register candidates as the case was not the first one in the school.
“This is not the first time the school is failing to register students and so we will not tolerate such behaviors by school which only want to con parents of their money,” she noted with concern.
The school, she added was being managed by unqualified teachers stating that the head teacher of the school is P1 teacher who had no idea of managing Secondary school.
She urged parents to be careful and make sure that they take their children to schools with qualified staff.
Most of the private secondary schools in Malindi, the education officer said had concentrated on business and not offering quality services to students.
Fatuma Mohamed one of the candidates said they were shocked to learn that the school had not registered them for their final exam though they had paid everything.
She said if the school fails to register them by Monday next week they will have to take action against the school's management.
“We had no idea if the school had no registered us until the DEO told us so we will wait her office to help us but if the school fail to adhere to the direction given by Monday we will decide what to do,” said Mohamed.
She warned that failure by the school to register them by Monday next week they will be forced to paralyze all schools activities until they are registered.
The schools’ principal Ahamed Abdalla confirmed that they had not registered the students for the final exams but said that they had planned for the late registration.
He said they had agreed with parents of the students to clear school fees in bits as well as the registration fee while the school preparing for the late registration.
“These are things we had agreed with parents of the students because they failed to pay the money early in advance and the agreed,” he noted.
Addressing journalists at the school Abdalla who confirmed that he was a retired primary school teacher and had not managed a secondary school before said the school was prepared to register the students as ordered by the education officer.
“We will do all we can to register the students at our own costs as directed by the education officer,” asserted the head teacher.
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