The social distancing era must one of the hardest things students will have to go through in their school lives. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, primary school, high school as well as University students were forced to stay at home. This came after the government suspended and closed down schools as a way of curbing the spread of the virus as well as keeping the children safe.
Unfortunately, most countries have not suspended final exams which means candidates, both class 8 and form 4 here in Kenya are still preparing for the final exam. This is particularly hard since the candidates are now attending virtue classes which are not accessible to all of them. With the ongoing virtue classes, parents have been asking for schools to stop asking them for school fees especially since no directive has been issued by the government on the same.
There has been a row between parents and the administration at the Makini school after the parents were asked o pay for the second term school fees.
In a communication to the parents on May 20, the institution asked the parents to pay the money while insisting the e-learning that it has been providing to learners was “not free and cannot reasonably be expected to be.”
However, The school’s parents and teachers associations which is led by one Nixon Bugo rejected the institution’s request to pay the fees.
“Indeed, the school management has proceeded to unlawfully bill the parents for Term 2, 2020 much as the Ministry of Education has not promulgated the calendar dates for Term 2. This exhibits a lack of sincerity, trust and truthfulness on their part,” read the letter from the PTA committee.
This was after the school pleaded with the administration saying that they needed the fees for the school to stay afloat.
This is something that has been happening in most schools so the question now remains,
Should parents pay for virtue learning or not?