As the covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country, schools have had to remain closed. With students at home and teachers doing all they can to facilitate continuation of studies, schools have had to take up digital learning. With the economy at a standstill and cost of living rising each day, parents at the acclaimed Brookhouse School have resorted to the legal justice system in a row over fees for online lessons.
Citing the hardships brought about the Covid-19 pandemic, the parents are against the decision by the school to charge full term fees yet the parents bear the most burden of having the students learn at home. The suit comes after the parents failed to reach an amicable solution with Brookhouse School administrators.
According to papers filed by their lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi, the parents accuse the school of exploiting parents and guardians amid an unstable economic phase brought by the corona virus pandemic. The parents have also complained of being charged for cancelled exams even after the board of Cambridge assessment International Examination cancelled IGSCE exams worldwide.
Urging that other schools using the IGCSE curriculum have given school fees discounts, the parents cited that the lack of not being presented with such a proposal led to the exploitation claims. “ The act of the school, of offering so-called online or virtual classes at the same rate of fees and charges, amounts to a contravention of consumer rights, violates the constitution and is unfair and unlawful,” said Mr. Ahmednassir Abdullahi.
The parents asked the court to compel the school to stop billing them the full sum of fees and to offset up to 30% of fees for the third term this year.
The parents and guardians got a reprieve after the High Court issued orders compelling the institution to offset 50 percent of the third term’s schools fees as well as stop online classes for pupils in kindergarten up to those in year four.