Igunga High School in Vihiga County has come under scrutiny for allegedly causing distress to a KCSE exam candidate due to outstanding school fees of Sh70,000, an allegation the principal has dismissed.
The student was initially sent home towards the end of the second term for a disciplinary issue, which was subsequently resolved, and she, along with other students, were pardoned by the disciplinary committee.
However, she was given a condition that required her to settle her school fee arrears before she could return to school.
According to her parent , she was supposed to take her Home Science exam on Wednesday October 25th.
On Friday, when the student and her mother arrived at the school with only Sh10,000, they were reportedly turned away and locked out along with their belongings because they didn’t have the full amount.
On Monday, the father claimed that he was denied access to the school. He subsequently met with the County Education Director, David Koech, and other education officials.
The school principal, Rachael Amukhale, allegedly insisted that the fee arrears must be settled before the student could be readmitted.
“I lost my job alongside my wife, and we are currently struggling to pay fees. We pleaded with the principal to allow the student back into school, but she remained firm in her stance.” the father stated,
In response, Koech conducted a fact-finding mission to the school and directed that the student should be allowed to return and take her exams.
He emphasized the importance of prioritizing exams and advised the parents to work out a plan for settling the arrears.
“We are committed to the well-being of students in our schools, and principals have a responsibility to adhere to directives from the Ministry of Education,” Koech said.
On Tuesday, the parent who had accompanied the student to school was informed that the candidate would be accommodated with the school chaplain, located four kilometers away, for the duration of the exams.
“I feel like an outsider in a public institution. Why is my child being subjected to this level of frustration over fee arrears?” the parent questioned.
He couldn’t understand why the student couldn’t be allowed to comfortably sit her exams at school and address the fee arrears afterward, upon receiving her KCSE exam certificate.
The parents have reached out to Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang’ for intervention to ensure the candidate can take her exams in a conducive environment.