In an interview with Sunday News, Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Edgar Moyo, said schools should not force parents to buy uniforms from those institutions or specific retailers.
He also said it was illegal and creates a situation of monopoly while at the same time exploiting buyers. Said Moyo:
The act of forcing parents to buy uniforms from specific retailers is illegal and corrupt. It creates a situation of monopoly in the market structure. Parents should be allowed to buy from anywhere as long as it is the correct uniform. Market competition is healthy because prices will come down. To demand that people should buy uniforms either from school or specific retailers creates room for price distortions and poor quality. As a Ministry we do not subscribe to that, we need the names of such schools and we will take action against them. We want them in our books. There is no law or policy which allows any school whether private or public to force parents and guardians to buy uniforms from a particular shop because this country is a free market economy.
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