Govt to clear out fraud­sters 14 000 war vet­er­ans’ chil­dren claim fees

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Gov­ern­ment is work­ing to elim­i­nate fraud­u­lent claims and dou­ble dip­ping in school fees claims for chil­dren of war vet­er­ans with fresh statis­tics show­ing that there are over 14 000 fees claims for the s e c ond term. The Min­is­ter of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War vet­er­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, Ex-po­lit­i­cal de­tainees and Restrictees, Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, said his min­istry had in­tro­duced a new mech­a­nism to plug loop­holes and avoid fraud­u­lent claims. Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion in Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day, Cde Dube said half of the ap­pli­ca­tions for the sec­ond term had been pro­cessed al­ready. “I want to as­sure this au­gust House that the Mi n i s t r y only pays school fees when t h e money i s availed.

From a man­age­rial and ad­min­is­tra­tive per­spec­tive, the Min­istry is in­sti­tut­ing con­crete mea­sures to elim­i­nate fraud­u­lent claims, dou­ble dip­ping and ghost ben­e­fi­cia­ries,” he told Par­lia­ment.

“To this end, start­ing first term 2016, we in­tro­duced a new ap­pli­ca­tion form that re­quires, among other things, the school head to fill and sign a por­tion of the form deal­ing with the school fees”.

Cde Dube said all cash pay­ments had been stopped and in­stead the Min­istry now only trans­acts elec­tron­i­cally into bank ac­counts of schools and col­leges.

He said among the mea­sures, his min­istry was also mon­i­tor­ing progress of all chil­dren re­ceiv­ing Gov­ern­ment sup­port through check­ing the num­ber of years in school or col­lege.

“This means if a child is reg­is­tered as be­ing in pri­mary school, we ex­pect that child to com­plete Grade 7 and prove it at the end of seven years. The same goes for sec­ondary, higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

This elim­i­nates the prob­lem where in a few cases; a child would be re­ceiv­ing sup­port for Form 4 for 14 years, for ex­am­ple. This in­tru­sive man­age­ment is in­tended to elim­i­nate such cases and it is work­ing,’” said Cde Dube.

Cde Dube added that the Min­istry was work­ing on re­duc­ing the school fees bill.

“Fi­nally, the Min­istry pays a max­i­mum of $700 per child, per term or se­mes­ter. We are in the process of con­sult­ing line min­istries in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to bring the up­per limit down, in a graded way for pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion thus dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing the two from the ter­tiary limit.

Through th­ese mea­sures, we are hop­ing to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the school fees bill,” he said.

Cde Dube said his Min­istry was wait­ing for fund­ing to clear the school fees back­log.

“This year, Trea­sury availed $6 mil­lion on 5th of April, 2016, two days ahead of the meet­ing with the Pres­i­dent.

“The Min­istry was com­pelled to use part of this money to host the Pres­i­dent’s meet­ing with the war vet­er­ans on the un­der­stand­ing, agreed be­fore­hand with Trea­sury, that this would be re­im­bursed. This has not been done due to cur­rent eco­nomic chal­lenges.

“The Min­istry was there­fore, able to pay two batches of school fees cov­er­ing ar­rears for the First Term 2015. This left a third batch amount­ing to just over $1, 3 mil­lion which is ready for pay­ment as soon as the money used for the meet­ing is re­im­bursed.”

“The au­gust house may also be pleased to know that soon af­ter the Pres­i­dent’s meet­ing with war vet­er­ans, Trea­sury ap­pro­pri­ated an ad­di­tional $6 mil­lion to­wards sec­ond term school fees,” said Cde Dube.

“This ap­pro­pri­a­tion is yet to be funded by the Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe. The Min­istry presently has re­ceived 14 500 ap­pli­ca­tions for the sec­ond term school fees of which 7 000 have al­ready been pro­cessed for pay­ment but are await­ing fund­ing.” — @ Aux­il­iaK

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