Stop using Uniforms to con parents, Principals Warned

Stop using Uniforms to con parents, Principals Warned

Once again, School principals have been accused of colluding with uniform sellers to inflate uniform prices. Some have been accused of selling the full sets of uniforms in schools exorbitantly and insisting that newly admitted students must strictly obtain uniforms from the school rather than from vendors and dealers outside the school.

Gilgil MP Martha Wangari has warned schools against exaggerating uniform prices and insisting that parents purchase uniforms from particular vendors or from the school.

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She urged the Ministry of Education to gazette school uniform regulations and save parents from the exorbitant prices.

“The prices charged by schools for uniforms are double compared to other shops and this should be addressed,” said Wangari.

Speaking in Gilgil after issuing over Sh3 million worth of bursaries to needy students, the legislator faulted school principals, saying that the act is unethical.

“It is unethical to milk upto the last coin from parents, especially in these difficult times. Parents do not have money and what they have is even too inadequate to cater for shopping, leave alone school fees. Yet some teachers still gain the courage to con them through school uniforms. Why would teachers and principals engage in business rather than teaching?” asked Wangari.

According to the legislator, teachers should stick to their teaching roles. During admission, they should just admit learners and not sell them stuff. “These are some of the pertinent issues we are going to discuss when our sessions resume. How can a teacher turn to a tailor or a vendor? And why must the business be conducted within the school environments?” Wangari demanded for answers.

Wangari said that a spot check will be done to identify schools who insist on particular shops for uniforms or who sell uniforms to the learners and it will not be well with them.

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