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Schools open as heads ask for release of education money

City schools reopen on Monday with the Government being urged to move fast and send free education money to allow learning to kickoff immediately.

Over the weekend parents thronged supermarkets for last minute shopping.

Banks also recorded long queues as parents lined up to pay fees.

Night travel

Learners travelling to boarding schools in Western Kenya had a hectic time finding transport due to the crisis sparked by a ban on night travel.

At North Rift shuttle terminus students waited long for vehicles hours due to high number of commuters.

Mr John Koech, a parent said that he had been forced to travel  on Saturday to avoid inconveniences that could be caused on school re-opening day.

“I was here by 9am but only managed to get a vehicle at 11am and again I have to wait for it as I have just booked,” said Mr Koech.

Public service vehicles used the opportunity to increase fares with some doubling their usual charge.

A matatu operator said that the fare could even go higher come today tomorrow when most parents will be taking their children back to school.

“I cannot cheat you, Come Monday, Tuesday to Friday we are going to do good business as there will be money,” said Mr Peter Chege.

Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman John Awiti  asked the government to release funds to schools on time to enable school heads take care of learners effectively.

“We hope that the government will send the cash on time,” said Mr Awiti.