With schools having opened today for the third term, parents and guardians are stewing about runaway schools fees and the escalating price of groceries.
Some schools have hiked tuition fees while others demand an additional 40 per cent on fees when payment is done through EcoCash and swipe.
Churchill Boys’ High in Harare is reported to be charging groceries from parents. In a letter written to parents by the school head, the school is asking for 10kg rice, 10kg mealie meal, 5kg spaghetti, 4kg sugar, 2-litres cooking oil, a case of baked beans, cornflakes, 1-litre peanut butter, 1-litre jam and 1-litre dishwasher.
Acting Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education, Peter Muzavazi, said that schools should be realistic on their demands. He said:
The expectation is that schools should be realistic with the situation and keep the fees as affordable as possible and at the same time we need a situation whereby we work with parents so that we hear and can address their grievances because we do not want a situation where there are strikes.
Meanwhile, the price of exercise books has been increased and prices, in general, have been hiked over the past week.