Some Private Schools in Bulawayo are still demanding second term fees from parents despite the government’s directive that schools must not demand payment for online classes, as schools are yet to open post the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chronicle reports.
However, some private schools in Bulawayo are reportedly demanding a deposit between $14 000 and $27 000 and even gave parents up to 15 May to pay the deposit.
In an interview with the publication, Association of Trust Schools (ATS) executive director Mr Timothy Middleton said;
The schools will be offering online lessons or equivalent. We have communicated this to the ministry and they have not shown any negative response to it
We are able to provide the online learning and keep the children occupied without endangering their health in any way
I do not think they are increasing the fees; I think inflation is doing that. But they have to make those decisions and I thought anyone would understand that these are strange times, these are difficult times, for you, for me, for schools, for parents, for teachers, for pupils, and everyone
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