Coltart Mocks Govt Warning Against Private Schools

Former Education Minister Senator David Coltart has ridiculed the government’s warning against private schools that have requested tuition fees for the second term.

Coltart queried how the schools will raise funds to pay teachers if they were not allowed to demand fees. He tweeted:

This warning is utterly ridiculous. Where does this regime expect private schools to get money to pay teachers if schools can’t demand payment of school fees?

Furthermore, schools cannot remain closed indefinitely and at the very least should be teaching online.

On Wednesday, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Cain Mathema said schools should follow normal procedures before increasing fees.

Speaking during the launch of the Schools’ Covid-19 Response programme at Chikangwe High School in Mashonaland West, Mathema said:

No increase will be permitted that is effected outside the laid down procedures which require the written approval of the Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education.

Schools that continue to flout the regulations stand warned; the Ministry will not hesitate to deregister schools that purport to be educational institutions and yet indulge in unlawful activities.

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8 comments on “Coltart Mocks Govt Warning Against Private Schools

  1. And Coltart where do you also expect the parents to get the money from. And what service are the parents paying for.

  2. Coltart is certainly offside. Everyone is on lockdown and mostly without any source of income and stretched budget. Where does he expect the parents to get money from when everyone else is taking a paycut?

  3. I don’t get exactly what the teachers will be paid for. They keep on insisting that private schools must pay fees even if our children were sitting at home and even teachers DOING NOTHING, so I find it’s not possible for parents to pay for services that were not delivered, and this nonsense of them saying children they study on the internet because they send them tutorials, now we must pay thousands and thousands for videos? No I dont think so we don’t pay for videos but we pay for a teacher to wake up in the morning and be in front of our children teaching them for 8 hours

  4. Let’s not be unfair on private schools. Some are already having online lessons. And they have to be paid, and the money comes from the parents.

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