KNA Kisii County Director of Education, Pius Ngoma has appealed to parents to pay at least 80 percent of school fees to enable learning institutions run their normal activities.
Speaking to KNA at his office in Kisii town yesterday, Ngoma noted that parents were reluctant to pay fees despite the fact that schools depend on that money to feed the learners and pay workers.
He noted that some of the schools had not recovered from the pandemic because they lacked funds to maintain the schools and had to lay off some of their workers.
“The fee guideline must be followed. But the major problem is parents’ unwillingness to pay the fee. We accept the hard economic times but that one cannot stop us from paying school fees,” Ngoma said.
The Director noted that some of the students depended on lunch provided by schools because their families are not able to provide them with three meals on a daily basis.
Ngoma said the government has provided textbooks for learners in public schools, including books for Grade 5 pupils and therefore, parents should not lament over the cost of education in schools.
He empathized with parents who had lost their jobs and livelihoods due to Covid-19 and asked them to speak to school heads and devise a plan on how they will pay their fees to enable their children to attend school.
Ngoma cautioned parents against staying with their children at home while schools are open saying it would contribute to drug abuse and indiscipline since the learners remain unattended to when parents are at work.
He also asked parents to report cases where school fees are exaggerated by schools for action.