By Joseph Mambili.
A parent who had taken his daughter for admission to a Kwale school in Kinango Sub-county collapsed after being told to pay Sh17,000 and was rushed to hospital.
Ndaikwa Chale, on Wednesday, January 11, had taken his daughter to Kingwede Girls Secondary to be admitted at the institution.
His daughter Fatuma Chale aged 16 had secured a place at the school after scoring 319 marks after overcoming many challenges.
The daughter said that after doing all the school shopping, her father had balance of only Sh800 in his pocket.
The school fee is Sh17, 000 thus he needed at least Sh16, 000 to make up the deficit.
Fatuma said: “We shopped for school materials before we arrived at school in the evening but when my father was told about the fees he collapsed and started vomiting.”
It is reported that Chale was shocked after being informed the amount he was required to pay in school fees.
The girl said both her parents sell charcoal and thus cannot raise Sh16, 993 which is required.
Mrs Peninah Mwinyi, the school principal, said the two arrived in the institution in the evening looking tired.
“A parent arrived accompanied by his daughter but when asked to pay the school fees, he fainted,” said the principal.
Mrs Mwinyi suspects that the failure by the parent to raise school fees could have affected him psychologically.
“We rushed him to Msambweni County Referral Hospital as we got in touch with his relatives. He was discharged at midnight,” she said.
Parents are being charged high fees being even after Government promised free secondary education.