‘It is illegal to charge admission fees in schools’
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.