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How students extort money from parents when the term begins

By Silas Nyamweya | January 2nd 2019

The opening of schools will provide relief for many parents who had a hard time managing their children. However, this is also a time for parents to feel the pinch economically as they grapple with fees, pocket money and other miscellaneous activities. Many students have also devised dubious ways of getting money from their parents.

1. Strange Items

Some pupils and students will include non-existent items in their shopping lists. It is no surprise to hear a student claiming that the school requires perpendicular sets, geographical calendar, mathematical formulae, scientific attire, etc. Parents who have no idea what these items are for end up dishing whatever money the students require to buy them.

2. Double Shopping

Students will insist on their parents to increase the items they buy “since the last one was never enough”. The truth is that the extra shopping will be sold to willing parties and money generated to “treat” that girlfriend in a nearby school.

3. Getting pocket money from both parents

Students will lie to their parents especially those who work separately that the father has not given them any pocket money while he actually did so. As a loving mum you might end up giving your child money not knowing they already have something.

4. Hiking School Fees balance

Some students have the audacity to hike school fees balance so that they use the balance to live large. If the remaining balance is Sh5000, the student will insist that it is Sh9000. With the good money in their possession, they will then end up living like kings and queens in the school.

5. Not paying fees

Unlike students who hike the fee balance, there are others who actually do not pay the entire amount. Such will deduct some good amount from the school fees and probably place a bet in the hope of winning.

6. Fake field trips

Students have a tendency of formulating activities/projects which may be non-existent to extort money from their parents. They will think of things such as tuition, tour to Mombasa beach or money for practicals which the school never initiated in the first place.

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