By Obegi Malack

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Parents have called on the Education Ministry to provide a direct line to report schools that will continue to charge ‘motivation fees’.

This is after the Principal Secretary, State Department for Early Learning and Basic Education Dr. Julius Jwan warned that the government will take action to government schools sending learners home over teacher motivation fees.

The PS who termed the practice unacceptable said that the government would hold field officers who do not report the cases accountable.

A few parents who sent their complaints to Education News claim most field officers are in cahoots with headteachers and board members.

Kisumu County resident Tony Otieno claimed that some parents’ representatives are unashamedly part of the ‘motivation fees’ scheme.

‘Last week I attended an opening day in one of the extra county schools in Kisumu county and the administration in conjunction with the  parents representatives were bold enough to tell us point blank that we will pay whether we like it or not,’ he wrote.

Another parent, Jonathan Mutie said, ‘As long the ministry doesn’t have an easy and reliable way parents can report the schools asking for this money, the rampant vice will continue to flourish.’

Esther Nangila chipped in saying that some learners have been denied clearance and their certificates withheld because of not paying motivation fees.

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