Shock As 300 Private Schools Shut Down In Dagoreti South,Nairobi
The education sector continues to face a crisis following the decision by some private schools to shut down completely.
In Dagoreti South alone, 300 schools under APBET association have been shut down completely following a government directive to close schools until January next year leaving the schools with no source of income to sustain their operations.
According to Uthiru Mixed Secondary school principal Humphrey Sasia they have totally failed to pay their bills and if the condition persist more schools will be closed.
‘‘We can not pay our teachers, most of our schools are on leased property no money to deal with same ….our families can not eat paying our own rents is also a nightmare am telling you all is not well in the sector.’’ He said.
They have now opted to write a letter to the ministry of education asking for grants, a move that is likely to hit a dead end following recent sentiments by education CS George Magoha that the government does not have cash to cushion private schools.
Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) national secretary Charles Ochome said most private institutions are struggling to meet operational costs.
Parents who owe the institutions thousands of shillings are withholding payments in a wait-and-see game due to the pandemic while others have already lost their jobs.