The government has given the nod to schools to increase fees but rejected the request made by the same to charge in foreign currency.
The government’s position was revealed by the secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Tumisang Thabela on Friday while briefing teachers’ unions.
Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou confirmed this development. Said Zhou:
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It is sad that while salaries are not being increased, government has approved the school fees hike. How does it expect us to pay these exorbitant amounts? We have school uniforms going as high as $800 and then school fees as high as $2 500. It is ridiculous, to say the least.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure had this to say:
We are coming from a meeting with the new permanent secretary. She broke the sad news that the government had approved the school fees hike. It’s sad.