‘It is il­le­gal to charge ad­mis­sion fees in schools’

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Fol­low­ing an­nounce­ments from some pub­lic schools that­par­entsmust­payad­mis­sion­feesfortheirchil­dren,Min­is­ter ofE­d­u­ca­tionLadyHoward-Mabuza has come out to clar­ify that this prac­tice is ac­tu­ally il­le­gal.

In­for­ma­tion gath­ered from re­li­able sources is to the ef­fect that some govern­ment schools have made it manda­tory to charge E50 for ad­mis­sion fee and an­other E50 for in­ter­views.

The name of the schools are known by this pub­li­ca­tion but can­not be men­tioned for now. This means that a par­ent must pat with as much as E100 be­fore pay­ing the ac­tual school fees.

But Mabuza has put it suc­cinctly clear that it is il­le­gal to charge ad­mis­sion fees at schools. She said school­sthat­would­be­found­charg­ingth­e­se­feeswould­facethe­mu­sic. She said the min­istry would set up a com­mit­tee that would go around look­ing for those schools who are charg­ing par­ents il­le­gal fees.Sheurgedany­onewho­knows of such schools to alert the min­istry.

“It’s un­law­ful to charge ad­mis­sion­feesatschools.Also,thein­ter­view­ing of pupils is un­ac­cept­able be­cause that may lead to some of them not be­ing able to get spa­ces in schools sim­ply be­cause they have failed the in­ter­views,’’ she said. Mabuza also urged par­ents to stop giv­ing the prin­ci­pals the ad­mis­sion fees.

Onan­oth­er­note,Mabuza­warned prin­ci­pals who are charg­ing build­ing funds while there is no con­struc­tion tak­ing place in that par­tic­u­lar school.

“You can’t charge a build­ing fund if there is no con­struc­tion tak­ing place.

A prin­ci­pal must ob­tain per­mis­sion­fromtheRe­gion­alE­d­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer if he or she wants to charge build­ing fund.

she said. Mean­while, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Dr Si­bongile Mt­shali, said the min­istry would deal with the pri­vate schools that were black­listed but show­ing de­fi­ance.

Speak­ing to Eswa­tini Tele­vi­sion Sta­tion in a morn­ing pro­gramme, Dr Mt­shali said there were cer­tain­re­quire­mentsthatschool­shave to ad­here to in to be deemed fit to op­er­ate. She said they first look at the place where the school is sit­u­ated.

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