Student ordered to pay two sacks of cereals after being caught with sweets
A parent in Muthambi Girls’ High School Tharaka-Nithi County is up in arms after her daughter was sent home and ordered to report back with a sack of beans and maize after she was found with sweets.
According to a parent who sought anonymity for fear that her daughter would be victimized, more than 20 students were sent home after they were found with some edibles after reporting from midterm break on July 2.
“I had given some sweets to my daughter as she reported back from midterm. When they were checked, they were found in the bag. I’m told some students were also found with mangoes. We have been asked to pay one sack of maize and another for beans as a penalty,” the father said.
He termed the punishment as punitive and meant to extort from parents.
“I was shocked to read the letter. This is unheard of. I do not understand why the principal should demand sacks of grain for minor cases of indiscipline,” he said.
The girls are required to report back on July 5 accompanied by their parents.
In a letter seen by Nairobi News, the parents are also required to clear fees balances for the girls to be accepted back.
He added that parents who will not fulfill the requirements will have to go back home with their children.
Contacted, Tharaka-Nithi County Director of Education Ann Kiilu said she was not aware of the issue but promised to investigate.
“I am not aware of the issue but I will immediately commence investigation,” said Ms Kiilu.
Efforts to reach the school principal, Mrs Anna Kamunge for a comment were not successful after failing to pick calls.