Nadim Nsouli, the Chairman of Inspired Education Group, the parent company of Brookhouse International Schools, has expressed his disgust over a move by parents in Kenya to take the school to court after a fee dispute.
The international school had resorted to virtual learning following the indefinite closure of schools by the government due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
What started as a social media protest by the likes of lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi soon found its way into the courtroom.
Parents who have their children at Brookhouse were accusing the chairman of charging them full school fees, even though the students are taking daily virtual lessons online and the parents are doing all the bulk work.
In their argument, they stated that the cost of electricity, the internet, computers, printing had been burdened to them, yet the school is still charging them full school fees amount. The school fee ranges from Sh150,000 lowest to Sh1.5 million per term for the seniors.
However, Nadim fought back, saying that any parents who cannot afford to pay the full amount can discontinue their pupils from the school.
He stated that his sole purpose of opening the school which is located in Runda, was business-oriented and only for money-making purposes, and that of all the 64 branches of the school, the Kenyan one was the only one giving him a headache about payment.
Nadim revealed that he has 6000 employees to support worldwide, and when parents demanded to see the itemized breakdown of costs during this period, he refused and told them its none of their business.
However, the court ruled in favor of the teachers, saying that she will only pay half of the term three’s fees until the case is fully heard and determined.