Stop Selling Admission Items to Form 1 Parents or Lose Your Job, MOE Warns Teachers
High school teachers and principals who force parents to buy school uniforms and other admission items from their institutions or preferred dealers will be in trouble this time since the government has threatened to track them down and punish them.
According to basic Education PS Belio Kipsang, parents whose children will be joining Form One should be allowed to buy school uniforms and other items like mattresses, books, calculators, logbooks, beddings, socks among others from shops of their choice.
“We shall be working closely with our colleagues from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to sanction anybody that will be abetting any illegality by charging fees which are not sanctioned by the government,” Kipsang said.
This latest threat was arrived at after it emerged that some schools have separate accounts for the said items and force parents to deposit money for them, claiming that they are provided in schools. Schools which to not have the accounts collect cash to a tune of ksh. 30,000 for the items, before any admission begins.
Kipsang said that the sale of merchandise should be left to business people and allow schools to perform their core duty.
‘‘I wish to urge our teachers and school managers that as our parents buy school uniforms and other items, let’s allow them to do so in a way that will give them a competitive advantage because they should them in a competitive process,’’ he stated.
‘‘We discourage any school from participating in the selling of school uniforms and admission items. Let’s leave the items to business people who deal in them,’’ Kipsang said.
Speaking during the commissioning of 3000 scholarships from the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation in Nairobi, the PS observed that many schools are capitalising on business to fleece parents.
‘‘We urge those tasked with the duty of tackling the competency that is expected of our children in their level of learning to do their duty, all other things let’s leave it to competent people to do it,’’ he stated.
The PS said as Form Ones start to join schools starting Monday, the government has ensured that capitation is available in schools for the smooth running of institutions.
‘‘We have done our part to ensure our children go to schools in an environment that is conducive and ready for them to learn,’’ he said.
He warned school heads against diverting the funds to other uses.