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PARENTS PROTEST HIGH SCHOOL FEES CHARGED BY PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS

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A number of parents from seeking to admit their children in public schools are decrying the high amount of money being charged by the school heads in order to have their children admitted in the schools.

A check done by Ghetto Radio in a number of schools in Nairobi’s Eastlands area revealed stranded parents who are unable to admit their children for lack of the payment of the fee.

A parent from Busara Primary School in Embakasi who spoke to Ghetto Radio said that she was asked to give Ksh. 10,000 to Busara Primary School despite her child passing an interview set by the school.

“Tunaitishwa 10,000 kuingiza mtoi shule na watoi wetu walifanya interview tukapita so mi nashindwa hii 10k ni ya nini. Na siyo mimi peke yangu, tuko wazazi wengi,” said the parent.

“This is a public school, it’s not a private school so we don’t get why they are insisting that we pay the money,” she stated.

The parents claim that they are being pushed to pay the full amount in cash with no receipts issued to them.

“I have asked to pay via Mpesa and in installments but the school has refused. The person in charge is very rude and has refused to understand our situation,” said another parent.

Ghetto Radio spoke to more than three parents who were all lamenting the charges being demanded by the school despite the government declaring that Primary Education in Kenya is free.

An attempt from Ghetto Radio to reach the school’s head teacher to comment on the matter were futile.

Free Primary Education was introduced in 2003 by the Narc Kenya Government under the regime of the late President Mwai Kibaki.

The funding for each pupil in the Free primary Education programe is Ksh. 1,400 per pupil.

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