Schools cal­en­dar un­changed: Govt

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

THE Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion has said it is il­le­gal for schools to de­mand top ups for school fees and par­ents must im­me­di­ately re­ports any such in­sti­tu­tion to the Govern­ment so that ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures can be taken.

Fur­ther, the min­istry said the school cal­en­dar has not changed. This was af­ter some teacher or­gan­i­sa­tions called on the Govern­ment to give the green light to some board­ing schools to al­low non-ex­am­i­na­tion classes to close early be­cause they were fac­ing food short­ages.

In an in­ter­view, Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Paul Mav­ima said it was il­le­gal for schools to de­mand top­ups. He said any in­crease in fees had to go through the min­istry.

Prof Mav­ima said school heads were also as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion with re­gards to food.

“Cur­rently our school heads are as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion so that they have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what is needed and they will give us feed­back. There is noth­ing like hunger in the schools and schools will all close on the sched­uled time. All the food that schools need is avail­able in the shops so how can they say pupils are starv­ing, it’s a lie,” he said.

In­for­ma­tion reach­ing the Sun­day News is that some trust and pri­vate schools have started de­mand­ing top-ups while some have pegged next terms’ school fees and levies in for­eign cur­rency ow­ing to the in­crease of prices in goods and ser­vices. —Robin Muchetu, Sun­day News Re­porter.

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