PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF KAKAMEGA HIGH SCHOOL TURNED AWAY OVER UNREST PENALTY

Kakamega High School parents and students turned away for failure of paying Sh.9,800 penalty per student.

PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF KAKAMEGA HIGH SCHOOL TURNED AWAY OVER UNREST PENALTY
Kakamega highh dormitory on fire. Photo courtesy

Kakamega High School parents and students were turned away yesterday after the failure to meet the Ksh9,800 penalty that they were required to pay after the unrest that occurred at the school premises. The school management had earlier warned that students will not be allowed into the school compound without the payment of the penalty.

Kakamega High School gate. Photo courtesy

The school was closed indefinitely following the unrest that took place on November 6. The school holds a population of 2,265 students. Form four students accompanied by their parents were turned away yesterday after arriving at the school gate as early as 7am. The students were required to hand over a bank receipt confirming they have paid the penalty before being allowed in the school premises. 
Parents who could not afford the amount accused the school administration of not listening to their pleas. One of the parents went ahead and said that they were not against paying the amount but the notice was a short one and they were not able to raise that amount of money required. One of the parent also said that she was turned away even after showing a notification from a sacco indicating that the money was to be out in a week's time. She further said that she had travelled from Trans Nzoia but she was not given time to explain her situation.

A parent who had paid the penalty said that he was not happy with the way the administration was handling the issue. More parents talked about how the issue was being handled was not okay to the extent that the parents association was not involved in assessing the damages and ascertaining the cause of the fire.

However, the school Principal Mr. Gerald Orina said that the penalty was not too much for the damages made as parents claimed. He said that the Sh.9,800 per student was put in place basing on the report released by public works officers from the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Planning after assessment. The parents said that they felt intimidated by the presence of police at the school premises. The total amount required from the parents totals up to Sh.21.6 million.