Form one admission at a high School in Migori County ended in disarray yesterday after officers from local education office declared the institution unregistered. Parents from the local community in Suna Central Ward, in Suna East Sub-County had thronged the compound of the newly established public secondary school admitting their children when the education officials led by sub-county director Wilson Amollo, stormed the compound and ordered for the immediate halt of the ongoing admissions. Mr. Amollo then directed that the already admitted 25 students will be transferred to neighboring schools unless the management of Midoti Mixed secondary school corrects the anomalies by Monday 9th August.
However, the directive did not go down well with the parents and the neighboring community as they vowed that they will not allow the school to be closed, arguing that they did not have money to purchase new uniforms to readmit their children in other schools. Suna East Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Kibe Maguta who accompanied the education officials to the school urged parents to understand the ministry’s requirements and let the institution be registered first before they can admit their children for learning. “Let the school be recognised first by the government through proper registration so that you can get funding and teachers. Without these, the school risks chances of not getting any help from the government.” explained Mr. Kibe.
He slammed the school board for admitting students manually without using the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) platform as the school and students will not be recognised and appears on the NEMIS system. The proposed school was given a go-ahead for construction in 2019 but the registration process was derailed by the outbreak of Covid 19 which saw the construction stalled only to revive this year. According to a report by the quality assurance team from the ministry of education, the school did not meet any minimum requirement set by the ministry to qualify as a learning center. The report revealed that the school needed to have a minimum of seven teachers, various classrooms, three toilets and a playing ground which the school did not have by the time they did their admission.
The title deed for the land where the school was erected also raised issues. Instead, the proposed school only had three teachers and two classrooms while sharing the playing ground and toilets with the neighboring Primary school. Most students in the newly established school are from a poor background, some of who are total orphans and could only secure learning opportunities through sponsors who insisted that they can only afford to pay their fees at the said school.
The parents blamed the Sub County Director of Education for closing the school instead of helping them with the registration process.“Instead of bringing us a message of discontinuing the school, you should advise us and help us with this task. What will we tell our children if they come to know we cannot pay for their education?” lamented one of the parents. The school’s board pleaded with Amollo to give them another seven days to ensure they register the school and secure legal requirements to help the school get recognized, something he said his hands were tied and there was nothing he could do.