News just in! Kakamega school parents in Protest following the penalty imposed on them over dormitory fire

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Parents of Kakamega High School have protested on  a ksh 21.6 million fine imposed by school management  for renovating a dormitory that was demolished by learners through fire on November 6.

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Through a formal letter to the school BOM, the parents complained against the penalty and called it disrespectful and above their expectations.

 

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The letter, written by a selected  committee consisting of representatives of the School Parents Association (PA), questioned the formula in which school managements arrived at the total expenditure levied on them and insisted that this was unrealistic.

 

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The letter said the parents needed to be made aware of what actually happened on the that day as they argued that the board determined the amount without consultation.

 

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There is an urgent need to convene PA representatives to explain what really happened. This will enable parents to be on the same page with other stakeholders and enable themselves to account for the outcome of the mitigation intervention.

 

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Parents need to be told the exact number of students to be affected as we know not everything on the floor was damaged, the letter partially read

 

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In the letter addressed to Mr. Ezra Kabaji, President of BoM, the parents also questioned the damage assessment process whether it was done by a competent professional as they sought a second opinion on the same.

The parents also want the school administration to share the CCTV footage with their representatives, as the school has invested heavily on the system.

 

They also demanded that they  be provided with a breakdown of Sh21.6 million being called to pay. “Our resolve is that before our sons report back to school, we request BOM to meet with PA representatives to discuss the issues we have raised” the letter was signed by the PA selection committee; Secretary Consolata Achieng, Dr. Said Jairus Odawa, President and Alfred Mangla, a member Suggesting that the school management and security should bear some fine, he conceded that the responsibility for the damage had been unfairly passed on to them.

 

Earlier, the school board, through its secretary, who is the principal of the school, had issued a notice asking parents to collectively pay Ksh21.6 million before allowing students to go back to school had gone. Each student will have to pay Sh9823.00 to meet the cost of repairing the damage caused.

 

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