A parent has accused a school in Voi, Taita Taveta County, of withholding his daughter's Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (KCSE) results slip.
Mr Derrick Mwanyika claims Mwakitawa Secondary School is reluctant to release the document over a Sh9,000 private tuition fees arrears.
Mr Mwanyika, who said that his daughter had a fees balance of Sh35, wondered why the school was forcing him to pay the illegal tuition fees.
“I was ready to pay the Sh35 but the school insisted that I must first clear the Sh9000 (private tuition fees) balance,” he said.
He said his daughter, who scored a C- (minus) in last year’s KCSE exams, visited the school last week but was denied her results slip.
He said his efforts to plead with the school’s deputy principal to release the document did not bear fruits as she insisted he must clear the balance.
“She (deputy principal) said she would consult with the management but they are yet to give me any feedback,” he said.
Mr Mwanyika said his daughter, who sat her KCSE examinations last year, wanted to apply for a nursing course at Kenyatta National Hospital Nursing School.
He said she might miss the opportunity as the application period is almost coming to a close. Mr Mwanyika, who lost his job last year, said he had no money.
“A well-wisher has offered to pay fees my daughter’s (nursing) fees. If this delay continues, the offer might be withdrawn,” he said.
The school, however, declined to comment on the issue.
Taita Taveta County Director of Education Simon Wanjohi, who said he was not aware of the issue, promised to investigate.
“Let me investigate and come back to you on Monday, I am not aware of the case,” he said.