A member of parliament has called on the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to transfer head teachers who have stayed more than 15 years in schools within Nakuru West Sub County.
The Nakuru Town West lawmaker Samuel Arama claimed some schools had introduced illegal levies which he claimed they charged without fear of disciplinary action.
“We are receiving on daily basis reports about teachers sending pupils home to collect unauthorised levies. I have handled many cases in this constituency of principals kicking pupils out of school for failing to pay lunch fees,”Arama claimed.
Speaking on Monday at Nakuru Town West NG-CDF offices during the disbursement of bursaries worth Sh5.3 million, the legislator said some teachers had developed ‘a sense of ownership and entitlement ‘to institutions that they head and were punishing children for petty reasons.
“Two institutions, a primary school and a secondary school in this constituency are very notorious for sending school children home to collect unauthorised levies. Head teachers of the two institutions have overstayed and are treating public institutions as private assets,” claimed the MP.
He called for thorough and independent audit of books of accounts belonging to public schools in the region to nab corrupt heads of schools.
The lawmaker said that some of the heads were embezzling funds set aside by the government and resorted to charging parents illegal fees.
Up to now, Sh13 million has been disbursed in form of bursary to needy students in Nakuru Town West Constituency.
“We are targeting to disburse Sh23 million in the current financial year for the Nakuru Town West,” said Arama.
The Legislator refuted claims that the issuance of bursary in Nakuru Town West is based on tribalism and nepotism.
“There is fairness in the issuance of the bursary. Everyone undergoes vetting before approval .Every constituent is free to apply for the bursaries which are given out in a fair way,” stated the legislator.
The Meeting was also attended by Nakuru Town West Deputy County Commissioner Elmi Shaffie who called on the locals to ensure they register for the Huduma Namba saying that it would enable easier service provision by government agencies.
By Jane Ngugi