YOU might have acquired your self the name Big Spender this Christmas, owing to your extravagant spending sprees, regular visits to the pubs and spending of millions of shillings. Come January, you will have exhausted both your account and monthâ€™s advan
YOU might have acquired your self the name Big Spender this Christmas, owing to your extravagant spending sprees, regular visits to the pubs and spending of millions of shillings. Come January, you will have exhausted both your account and monthâ€™s advance. Your pockets will be virtually empty and guess what? Children have to report to school.
As a student, I felt secure going to school when my fees was fully paid. I felt a deep-seated right to walk straight with my head held high.
However, whenever my fees was not completed, I thought my name would at any moment be read among the fees defaulters, consequently humiliating me before fellow students.
A friend at university went through a similar predicament. His father told him that tuition would be paid later that semester. Full of hope, he waited until the last quarter of the semester when the bad news was broken to him that Dad could not get the fees. This was after three months of preparation for exams, which he did not sit for. He did not report for the next semester fearing the same fate would befall him.
Ironically, dad got the money but his son had not bothered to attended lectures.
Research shows that in the examination rooms, students who have defaulted on school fees payment get anxious when an invigilator walks in. Whereas those, who have cleared tuition fees will not be bothered. Their counterparts are affected and lose concentration. In the end, their academic performance declines.
â€œStudents are overcome by uncertainty and so the motivation to read for exams lessens,â€ reveals Paul Nyende, a Doctor of psychology at Makerere University. Ida Namanda, a senior tutor at Shimoni teachers college, says students do not relax when their school fees are not paid.
â€œThey are pessimistic doubting their fees will be paid at all. Why should I bother reading yet I am not going to sit for papers anyway?â€ asks Namanda
She adds that if a student is not well prepared, he or she likely to perform poorly especially if they are compelled to run up and down trying to find the tuition fees.
According to Nyende, students also feel out of place when others have cleared tuition fees while they have not. Sometimes at assemblies, names of fees defaulters are read out loud.
â€œIt feels quite humiliating when the selection is done openly and the list of defaulters made public,â€ says Nyende.
Namanda says being dismissed from school exposes the financial woes of the studentâ€™s family. This indirectly affects the studentâ€™s self-esteem and self-image.
It can cause psychological torture that a student collapses when faced with the possibility of missing exams. It is a great challenge for a student to understand such a situation. It seems as if their world has been shattered.
OPTIONS WHEN YOU FAIL TO RAISE SCHOOL DUES
THE following precuations can be taken to avoid disappointments for both the parent and child because of failure to pay school fees:
Trauma students face when fees are not paid on time