Parliamentarians say they will engage the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education over several “unreasonable” demands that are being made by schools on parents.
Public schools are demanding fees payment for the Second Term despite the fact schools have been closed since March 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis.
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This came out during a Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) education symposium held in Bulawayo on Tuesday where parents raised concerns on the conduct by the schools.
Parents also claimed that schools were demanding funds for personal protective equipment (PPE) before schools reopen yet the Government made it clear that it would provide PPEs for learners.
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education chairperson Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga who participated in the engagement, said:
We haven’t engaged with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, there is going to be extensive consultations. there are people telling us that there is no running water in schools, parents are being asked to pay fees for First Term, Second Term and Third Term.
They are telling us that they are being asked to pay stationery fees, so when we meet with the minister, we want to put these questions to them so that they can then explain to us.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga said there is a lot of confusion among children, the parents and the teachers and the Ministry has to clarify several issues.