Kakamega High School parents have been relieved of the burden of paying Kshs21 million after a fire gutted down one of the dormitories.
The principal Gerald Orina, through a notice, directed that each student pays Kshs9, 823 to cater for the damages that the school incurred during the November 6 fire.
“The grand total of the damages is Ksh21,611,360. Divided by the total number of students which is 2200,” part of the notice read.
The court has however suspended the fine imposed by the school’s management after a meeting held on November 10.
According to Justice M.W Musyoka, the decision by the school’s board of management had been quashed until further notice.
The case will be heard next on Tuesday November 30.
“The applicant is hereby granted leave to commence judicial Review proceedings, more specifically to apply for the prerogative order to certiorari to bring into this court and quash the resolutions of the Board of Management meeting held on November 10, 2021,” read part of the ruling.
Parents had lamented that the damages fee was too high for them to meet. Some of them even reached out to Kakamega County governor Wycliffe Oparanya in a bid to have the fee r/reduced.
“I have received numerous phone calls from parents lamenting that the headteacher was not considerate while issuing the demands. At Kakamega High School, every student was asked to pay Ksh10,000 and they have approximately 2,200 students,” the governor said.
Aside from the damage fee, the school management also directed that students report to school on different dates and after clearing up to term two fees.
Form four students were to report to school on November 15, Form ones on November 21, Form twos on November 23 and form threes on November 25.
“All outstanding fees and arrears up to the second term, 2021 must be cleared in full. Avail all the bank slips on opening day,” Orina said.