In Summary
  • Only eight pupils came accompanied by their parents who begged us to admit them with a promise to pay before end of the holidays.

If wishes were horses, I would be a beggar riding one – in London.

You see, had things gone as expected, this August, I was supposed to be leading a high-powered delegation of Mwisho wa Lami people in London.

Unfortunately, something happened, and I am here for holidays, without much to do.

Many years ago, we would be doing holiday tuition, but you know this government, it banned tuition.

Students were happy because they would now get some rest; parents were happy since they wouldn’t be asked to pay anymore. The only people who did not like the ban were the HMs like Bensouda.

Although she never teaches any class, during holidays, she would come to school every day – to collect money.

This money however never reached us. She would then claim that Mwisho wa Lami parents never pay. “Mwisho wa Lami parents walirogwa (bewitched), they never pay fees.”

TUITION

Following the ban of holiday tuition, our performance has been going down year in year out.

Every term a teacher suggests that we do holiday tuition, but the idea is shot down. Even last term. This term, the suggestion came from some parents – through Bensouda.

Bensouda asked me to introduce the motion in a staff meeting. I did not feel like it, but how could I go against Bensouda?

“I agree with Dre, we should give it a try in August for one week and [see] if it works,” she said, after I had introduced the topic.

“That will only happen under my dead body,” said Saphire. “I don’t want to be arrested.”

“I will be visiting my husband in Nairobi this August, so count me out,” said Mrs Atika. “I think we need to give it a try. All of us will be happy if our school emerges top in KCPE,” I added.

NAYS HAVE IT

Saphire laughed out loud. “Dre, don’t pretend you are concerned how we perform in KCPE.”

“Do you think anyone will remember you even if we perform well?” wondered Madam Ruth.

The matter proceeded for voting and only Bensouda, Kuya and I voted for it. The nays had it. A day before schools closed, Lena and I talked.

“Dre, although we refused to teach during holidays,” she started, “I agree with you that most parents are still interested in tuition. What do we do?”

When I told her we could not do much, she said: “Since many of these parents are willing to pay and we can’t assist them here, why don’t we think about starting our own private tuition at home?”

PRIVATE TUITION

I told her that I didn’t think it was a good idea. “Dre, we will make money; I tell you,” she said.

That evening, I carried out an opinion poll to establish if parents would be interested in holiday tuition.

“You teachers should have holiday preps,” Nyayo told me as soon as I arrived at Hitler’s for evening classes. I told him that the government had banned tuition.

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