To the Editor
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