In Summary

  • Hundreds of students who reported back to their schools last week with outstanding fees have since been asked to go home and get the remaining money as school heads grapple with how to keep the students in schools without any problems.
  • Kahi Indimuli, the chairman of the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association, asked the government to allow learning institutions to purchase maize directly from the National Cereals and Produce Board at affordable prices.

Schools are putting pressure on parents to clear their fees debt so the institutions can handle the rise in food prices.

Hundreds of students who reported back to their schools last week with outstanding fees have since been asked to go home and get the remaining money as school heads grapple with how to keep the students in school without any problems.

“We are asking parents to support us by paying fees on time since we have a huge responsibility of maintaining the children in schools and ensuring that they learn under conducive environment,” said Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association chairman Kahi Indimuli.

He asked the government to allow learning institutions to purchase maize directly from the National Cereals and Produce Board at affordable prices.

The prices of critical food items such as sugar, maize and beans have gone up over the last two months. This has caused problems for school administrations that had alreadydrawn up their budgets at the start of the year.

“We had set the budget of a bag of sugar at Sh4,000, now it is almost double. The same applies to milk, maize and beans,” said Mr Indimuli.

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He called on the government to intervene with speed and support the institutions.

“This is a very critical time and we do not want school activities to be interfered with just because students are complaining of lack of food,” said the chairman.

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