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Students sent home for failing to fundraise KES 1000

11 May 2016, 12:17 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Mbihi secondary school in Vihiga constituency is on the spot for sending home students who failed to collect a minimum of KES 1000 in proformas issued during the April holiday.

In a leave out chit issued, it has been indicated the reason for sending students home was to collect the KES 1000.

“I have two students at the school and as at the start of the term, I have no records of owing the school any amount of money in terms of school fees. My two students have however been sent home for I don’t know what reason,” an aggrieved parent said.

The parent said it was inappropriate for the school to send students home for such petty things. They could have contacted me via phone so that I could send the money.

The principal, Ms Florence Adoli however said the parents had blown out of proportion.

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She said the school is constructing a storied tuition block and aims to conduct some funds drive to help towards its completion.

“The issue of collecting KES 1000 per student was just a suggestion that I made during the closing day and it was not a must for students to collect it to that level. There are those who came with more than that amount and others have come with less,” said Adoli.

Ms Adoli said the students who were sent home over the weekend were those with fee balances.  

She said some students who didn’t turn up with the proformas when the school opened requested to go home together with those who were going for fees so that they could get the money.

“The money indicated on the leave out chits was what the students said they had collected and forgot it at home. Some students often look for any reason to sneak out of school. We cannot send students home for such a thing as it is against the laws,” she said.

She observed that most times, the school uses weekends to send students home so they can remind their parents to pay fees.

She said the money is meant for a fundraiser and one could not give conditions as to what well wishers should contribute, noting that even teachers in school had been given proformas.

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