The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has said it is working on a Statutory Instrument that criminalises conducting extra lessons for a fee by schools.
This was said by ZACC Ethics and Public Education manager Munyaradzi Magiga who was speaking on the sidelines of the national anti-corruption strategy validation workshop in Bulawayo on Monday. He said:
We are working with the education ministry to ensure the Statutory Instrument that makes it illegal to charge a fee for extra lessons is in place.
Conducting extra lessons was declared illegal in 2017 and this Statutory Instrument we are working on will make it easier for us as the investigators to assist the ministry.
This is actually a nationwide problem and we are planning a nationwide campaign to educate parents and guardians to guard against being fleeced by teachers demanding payment for an extra lesson.
Some schools are reportedly charging at least US$12 a month per pupil and at some schools, 70 per cent of the money goes to the teacher and 30 per cent to the administration.
ZACC has since ordered six schools in Harare that have received payment in foreign currency to reimburse the parents or guardians.