The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) is now calling for a policy change in the placement of students in secondary schools.
Kuppet Uasin Gishu branch executive Secretary Elijah Maiyo says the current model where students can be placed far from their homes is contributing to the high cost of education.
In an interview with Uasin Gishu News, Maiyo notes that the Ministry of Education should consider posting students to schools where transport is manageable for a parent.
“We also need to consider a parent’s capability. In some cases, parents use up to Ksh20,000 to attend a student’s academic day when that money could be used to pay school fees,” said the Kuppet Uasin Gishu boss.
The government has been placing students in schools across the country in a bid to promote nationalism.
But according to the Kuppet official, it would be cost-effective for students not to be learning far away from their homes.
“Nowadays, the schools are almost the same. It is okay to place a student from Eldoret in a school located in a place like Kisumu or Western Kenya but not Isiolo where one spends two days on the road,” Maiyo explained.
“Having a student study far comes with expenses,” he added.
The sentiments come at a time students are returning to school after a three-day half-term break.
Students learning far from their homes had to use thousands on travel expenses, while others are forced to stay in school due to the long-distance or huge expenses their parents cannot afford.
It is this situation that Maiyo hopes can be addressed by a policy shift in form one placement.
“It is important we look at parents also, not just nationalism. If a parent cannot afford to pay for Ksh500 transport within his/her locality, going far would be another challenge,” noted the Kuppet Uasin Gishu executive secretary.