The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has not given schools a fixed fees structure but schools should involve parents in the pegging of fees before headteachers seek consent from Government for any increase.
This was said by the Director of Communications in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Taungana Ndoro.
Ndoro said in coming up with fees proposals, schools authorities should ensure that the fees are within the reach of parents and guardians. He said:
We have not given schools a fixed fees structure. We are going to deal with the school fees increment on a case-by-case basis.
We have said that schools will make their proposals for school fees increments and submit them to the ministry.
This depends on their budget and proposed developmental projects to be undertaken by the school.
So there are some fees structures that can be approved at the provincial level while other proposed fees would have to be approved at the ministry head-office.
We also want to ensure that the fees are realistic and within reach. We also want to avoid exorbitant fees structures so parents will also have to consent to the proposed school fees.
Schools are set to reopen on 15 March for examination classes and on 22 March for non-examination classes.
The schools’ calendar for 2021 will see the holidays being reduced to three weeks to enable all three terms to fit into the calendar year.