Angry Parents march to education office to know the fate of their children
Angry parents who had attended a parents’ meeting in a school in Murang’a South, marched to the education offices protesting a postponement by the school management.
The parents’ from Bygrace Secondary School, Makuyu, a private institution, demanded to know whether their children; now in form four, were registered to sit this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
They said that it was not the first time a meeting called by the school management had been called off for flimsy reasons.
They said they had not been given any valid reason for the meeting not taking place saying that they had wasted a lot of time and money to attend the forum.
“Let the management of the school stop taking parents for granted. Some of us closed our businesses and others sought time off from their employer to attend the meeting,” said the angry parents, adding that in this era the school ought to have informed the parents of the postponement either through a call or an SMS.
They complained that since the school was reopened, teachers have been skipping lessons and yet their children have been at home after the ministry ordered its closure for failing to meet the required health standards.
Susan Kituma a parent from Mombasa said that she had incurred a lot of cost to attend the meeting.
The area Quality Assurance Officer, Mwenda Muthamia while addressing the parents said that in a week’s time; parents will be in a position to know if their form four children had been registered to sit for this year’s KSCE.
Muthamia said the Ministry had reopened the school after rectifying the identified areas such as sanitation, compound upkeep.
“Our mandate is to ensure that children learn in a clean safe environment,” he said.
The student’s mid-January had protested over poor sanitation, congestion in their dormitories, unkempt compound and lack of textbooks despite having paid for them.
Efforts to get a comment from the school management remained futile by the time of going to press.
By Muguongo Judy