Brookhouse School parents up in arms over “pay full school fee” directive

Brookhouse International School. [Photo courtesy]

A directive by Brookhouse International School asking parents to pay full school fees for online tutoring has stirred upheaval among parents.

The parents have objected to the directive saying that the school should be considerate at this time when the country is wading through the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have since moved to the High Court on grounds of “exploitation”.

Through their lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, they say the school’s assessment of Cambridge International examination board has cancelled IGSCE exams and resolved to grade students based on mock exams.

Therefore, they are protesting the fact that they are being charged for exams which have since been cancelled.

Further, they hold that the other schools offering the same curriculum have advanced discounts to parents in fee payments but Brookhouse Schools is yet to give them this reprieve.

“The acts of the said international school of offering the so-called online or virtual classes at the same rate of fees and charges the institution offers when in session amounts to a contravention of Consumer rights, violates the constitution, is unfair and unlawful,” Ahmednassir said in his submission.

Ahmednasir asked the court to issue orders which will see the parents “allowed to offset up to 30 per cent for term three of this year.”

Still, on matters education, Braeburn School was forced to suspend online learning on zoom after it was hacked and unpalatable materials shown during a learning session.

“The breaches took place on the Zoom platform and from today, the use of Zoom will be temporarily suspended,” David Dunn, headteacher of Braeburn School said.

The parents now want the court to compel the school to stop charging them full school fees and in lieu, they are allowed to offset up to 30 per cent for term three of this year.