By John Ochieng.
A number of public schools in Migori County closed for second term holidays with huge debts.
This was as a result of delays by the Government to release funds for Free Day Secondary Education.
Speaking to Education News on phone, KUPPET Migori Branch Executive Secretary, Samwel Orwa said proper management of schools in the county has been disrupted due to a directive that Heads of institutions must not charge extra levies or fees beyond the stipulated school fees guidelines.
Orwa said the Government cannot expect to fund free secondary education, based on the current amount of subsidy that it has allocated to schools. The Unionist said suppliers are flocking to schools in search of payments, disrupting the financial operations of these learning institutions.
Orwa urged the Ministry of Education to ensure subsidies are given to schools in good time to ensure they run operations smoothly. He said that a ban on sending away pupils home to collect school fees has put school managers in a tight spot. There are also parents who have taken advantage of the situation to humiliate and intimidate Principals and teachers.
“There are parents who send their children to school without fees, claiming that the State has taken this burden from them,” said a School Principal who requested anonymity.
Orwa disclosed that schools had received only 11 per cent of total disbursement as second term came to a close. He said there was no circular from the Ministry of Education, indicating how Heads of institutions will settle outstanding debts, when schools open for third term.