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School wants orders on fees cut lifted

EDUCATION
By Paul Ogemba | May 10th 2020

An international school has accused parents of interfering with their programmes and wants the court to set aside an order that slashed fees for online classes by half.

Brookhouse Schools also wants the court to lift an order that stopped it from offering online lessons for kindergarten children, arguing it is affecting parents willing to pay full fees and have their children taught online.

Through lawyer Aisha Abdalla, the school claimed that a section of parents who challenged the online classes lied to court that they were charging exorbitant fees when the management had already put in place measures to cushion the parents over coronavirus pandemic.

“There were several consultative sessions between the parents and the school in an effort to address the disruption brought about by Covid-19 and a number of measures taken which were not brought to the court’s attention...,” said Ms Abdalla.

Discount on tuition

According to the lawyer, the school had already agreed to give up to 30 per cent discount on tuition fees, waived all fees for boarding and transport and allowed parents to pay fees in installments.

Additionally, she said the school established a hardship fund to support parents affected by Covid-19 and unable to pay the discounted fees.

The school, which offers British curriculum, charges tuition fees of between Sh300,000 for kindergarten to Sh2.3 million for Grade 12 students each term.

Justice Weldon Korir on April 30 ordered the school to slash fees by 50 per cent and stopped online classes for kindergarten and lower primary learners following a petition by some parents claiming that it was unreasonable to charge the fees when the schools were closed because of Covid-19. 

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