BY DPPS,6TH APRIL 2018-Deputy President William Ruto has asked parents countrywide not to pay development money in schools adding that government has taken care of any such levy.He also asked administration to stop forcing parents to contribute the same money .
Speaking in Muranga county when he presided over prize giving day at Muraga high school,Ruto said schools should look for ways of raising such funds.
He said the government rolled out the free education program
me to lift the burden of school fees from parents.
“No student should be sent home to get money because the government has taken the responsibility of sponsoring pupils,” Ruto added.
Ruto had said he would not visit the school last week after parents accused the administration of extorting money from them.
He was initially supposed to preside over a fundraiser to expand learning facilities in the school where parents were required to pay Sh 40,000.
Parents had early last month been notified to clear their contributions by March 24 as the school prepared for the fundraising.
The deputy president however said in his opinion, the school only needs Sh 35 million to construct the facilities needed and contributed Sh15 million.
Ruto also noted that the Ministry of Education will give the school an additional Sh20 million to ensure parents are not asked to give any more money.
The school’s principal said the school requires a laboratory, a swimming pool, a new bus, a multi-purpose hall and more classrooms which he said are estimated to cost Sh 70 million.
Parents have already contributed a total of Sh 20 million but a section have complained that the school’s administration imposed some wealthy parents to pass a resolution compelling them to contribute the money.
“The government is aware of the development needs of this school and will assist in every way possible,” Ruto reiterated.
On his part Governor Mwangi wa Iria urged parents to not drag petty politics into education matters.