To the Edi­tor

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Comment & Analysis -

Why are schools very ex­pen­sive? MAY I know from the Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion why schools are be­com­ing ex­pen­sive when there is no money around and most of the par­ents are not em­ployed since in­dus­tries closed.

The case in point is the con­fer­ence for school heads that was called in Harare for all heads of schools to at­tend at a fee of one hun­dred dol­lars.

This was very ex­pen­sive for schools. The min­istry should have funded the con­fer­ence ex­penses since it is the one that needed it. When heads came from Harare the min­istry de­manded that par­ents should fund the Nas­saf pro­gramme of sports which was in­tro­duced by the min­istry.

There is Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary School Heads (Naph) and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­ondary Heads (Nash) sports and they all run par­al­lel at the ex­pense of the par­ents. Worse enough all th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties should be con­ducted in Harare. The min­is­ter should ei­ther ban Nash/ Naph/Nasaaf.

If you in­tro­duce a pro­gramme of sports you should fund it. The min­istry should em­brace only one pro­gramme of sports. Beam stu­dents are learn­ing at no cost and par­tic­i­pate in all th­ese sports at the ex­pense of the pay­ing par­ents.

The min­is­ters re­spon­si­ble are not talk­ing about the pay­ment of Beam and they don’t even pres­surise the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance to hon­our Beam pay­ments.

When the min­is­ter got into of­fice he phased out teacher in­cen­tives but he is be­com­ing too ex­pen­sive for the suf­fer­ing par­ents. Or­der­ing mon­eys to be col­lected from schools when chil­dren do not have books, teach­ers, school fur­ni­ture and class­rooms is greatly un­fair.

In which way is the new cur­ricu­lum an im­prove­ment when mon­eys are be­ing taken at the ex­pense of its im­ple­men­ta­tion?

The min­istry should al­low par­ents mon­eys to up­grade schools while they lobby Govern­ment to fund their ex­pen­sive pro­grammes.

Heads and teach­ers are frus­trated and con­fused by the min­istry’s pro­grammes. Please be con­sid­er­ate com­rade min­is­ter.

Arnold Ntuli, SDC chair­man, New Lu­veve

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