Responding to a question from Manicaland Senator Shadreck Chipanga who had asked how Government was handling the issue of Grade Seven results that were released last week in relation to those who had not paid fees, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Lazarus Dokora said that parents must pay outstanding fees before collecting their children’s public examination results as failure to do so can compromise school operations.
Dokora seemed to be making a U-turn from the earlier position that schools must not withhold results over unpaid fees. Dokora said:
For us to say that now the results are out and a child will be looking forward to his results but as a parent you are in debt in terms of fees, we need to pay our fees. Do we want to destroy our schools? Our hope is that as you go to collect results, just carry money to clear off the fees debt that you have. If we do not, we will end up destroying our schools.