Secondary school principals are selling Form One slots for as high as Sh250,000 per student to admit them to their institutions.
For national schools in Nairobi, parents have revealed that the school heads are demanding as much as Sh250,000 to be given a slot while others asked for Sh100,000.
National schools outside Nairobi are reported to be asking for between Sh50,000 and Sh70,000 to get a slot for their children while those in extra-county schools are paying as much as Sh50,000.
Some county school principals charge between Sh10,000 and Sh30,000 while their sub-county counterparts demand a minimum of Sh5,000.
National Parents Association, chairman Nicholas Maiyo yesterday told the Sunday Nation that the lobby had received many complaints about principals and teachers who have conned parents telling them they will secure Form One slots for them.
Despite the Ministry of Education issuing strict guidelines to curb the malpractice, some parents were by end of Friday scouting for alternative schools for their children. A majority were willing to buy the slots.
Some parents have applied to transfers their children to other schools despite having reported to the institutions they were placed in and have been admitted.
The practice of school heads selling Form One slots is not new as it had become a tradition in the 1990s. The principals used to sell Form One slots of needy students who could not afford school fees for the national and provincial schools to able parents.
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