The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has ordered six schools located in Harare to stop demanding payment in foreign currency for extra lessons and to reimburse the parents or guardians.
The anti-graft body said charging forex for extra lessons is illegal because in Zimbabwe the education system is not paid for in forex. ZACC Ethics and Public Education manager Munyaradzi Magiga said:
We have received many reports, some coming through the media, our website as well as individuals coming to our offices. They have been complaining that teachers are charging in forex for extra lessons.
What the teachers are doing is that they charge at least US$12 a month per pupil. At some schools, 70 per cent of the money goes to the teacher and 30 per cent to the administration.
We have, working together with the provincial education director and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, ordered teachers from six schools in Harare to reimburse parents who have been paying forex for extra lessons.
Magiga added that ZACC has instructed authorities at the six schools to ensure that parents sign documents confirming that they have been given their money back.
Teachers who fail to comply with the directive will be prosecuted, Magiga said.