No to ar­bi­trary fee hikes

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Rumbidzai Mu­parutsa

SCHOOLS that want to raise school fees in 2019 must fol­low stip­u­lated pro­ce­dures, Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Paul Mav­ima has said.

In an in­ter­view with The Sun­day Mail, Prof Mav­ima said any up­ward re­view of school fees must be done af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the min­istry, and only af­ter reach­ing an agree­ment with par­ents.

“Many schools are in dis­tress due to the changes in prices so some of their de­mands are rea­son­able as in some cases, prices of the ba­sics they re­quire have gone up three or four times,” said Prof Mav­ima.

“There should not be uni­lat­eral in­creases of school fees with­out seek­ing the author­ity of the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the min­istry as that is the pro­ce­dure.

“Those who have made sub­mis­sions to the Gov­ern­ment for a re­view of their fees are on the right track as the sec­re­tary should con­sider and ac­cept, vary or de­cline.”

The min­is­ter also said schools that are de­mand­ing school fees in for­eign currency should bear in mind that Zim­babwe had a le­gal multi-currency trad­ing sys­tem.

“None of the schools should de­mand fees in a man­ner that pre­cludes pay­ment forms like bond notes and RTGS which are avail­able to the ma­jor­ity of the par­ents of this na­tion,” he said.

“The po­si­tion of multi-currency trad­ing should be ob­served with those with ei­ther mode of pay­ment be­ing al­lowed to use them. There should be no com­pul­sory use of only one pay­ment form in any school in the coun­try,” he said.

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