34 students from Nasokol girls high school from West Pokot County spent their night at Kitale’s ASK showground after the school’s administration sent them away for lacking school fees after an earlier agreement to have them study under a free sponsorship flopped.
It’s alleged that the students were admitted to the school to represent it in sporting activities and the agreement between parents and the school management was that they’ll study on a free scholarship, without paying any fees.
Camping at the ground with their children on Tuesday morning, some of the parents who spoke to the press expressed displeasure with the way the students were handled, citing a breach of the agreement. “We are annoyed by the manner the school’s administration has handled the situation. The children have been exposed to danger without prior notice and their studies will be affected,” said a parent.
They disclosed that the school has used talent scouts to move in various residences looking for talent, who are then picked and promised free education if they represent the school, an act which has been happening for several years.
They’ve urged Education CS Amina Mohammed to intervene and salvage the situation so that the children can be re-admitted back to the school and also take disciplinary measures against the school principal.
Some of the affected students come from the neighbouring Counties, including Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga and Busia. Efforts to talk to the school principal proved futile as phone calls went unanswered.