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Teachers warned against sending students home for fees

18 March 2014, 13:48 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Headteachers should seek ways of forging a consensus with parents regarding schools fees payment instead of sending students home and wasting their study time, Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu has advised.

Chanzu said that parents are the ones who should be responsible for fees payment and not students thus sending innocent children home amounted to miscalculation by the headteachers and a breach of the law.

“Teachers should not under any circumstance send students home for school fees immediately they report to school. It is wrong because the government has already paid some amount of money which is not yet fully utilised,” he said.

He noted that the KES 10 265 that the government pays per year is sufficient to keep students in school for as long as possible, as the parents top up the money with what they are supposed to pay.

“Headteachers should give the parents some comfort in the payment of school fees. They should guide parents on the available platforms of paying fees instead of becoming their enemies by often sending their children home,” he said.

He said that the parliament had enacted laws outlawing the sending of students home, and headteachers should know that it is against the children’s right to deny them an education even for a single day when they are sent for fees.  

He said that the government is committed towards paying school fees, whether it delays or not, as it is budgeted for, and thus students should be allowed to continually learn.

Chanzu further blamed poor workmanship in the implementation of Constituency Development Fund projects in his region, noting that the money has not been utilised efficiently.

He said that most of those entrusted with the projects do not utilise the available resources promptly and thus the major reason why CDF has not been fully felt on the ground.

“I am dissatisfied with what some headteachers are doing with the CDF money that is disbursed to the schools. If you go to some places where CDF money has been properly utilised, the people on the ground are able to see a greater change,” he said.

Chanzu spoke on Monday while addressing teachers and project managers who had come to collect CDF cheques of over KES 5.2 million at the Vihiga offices.

The Vihiga MP warned teachers and project managers who do not form committees to oversee the projects started saying that such amounts to misuse of resources.

He urged the headteachers to make parents feel proud of the projects initiated by CDF by allowing them to own the projects.

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