Robert Mugabe (RG) Primary School in Marondera has raised fees much to the irritation of the parents who say they are already struggling to make ends meet.
A receipt that was seen by Pindula News suggests that a grade 2 pupil is supposed to pay a total of seven thousand one hundred and sixty Zimbabwe dollars (ZWL$7 160) up from ZWL$2884.
The school had earlier tabled the new fees structure before some of the parents who reportedly rejected the proposal saying the fees were not affordable.
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When parents protested earlier this month, the school had proposed to raise fees from ZWL$2884 to ZWL$6560 but school authorities responded saying the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had not even approved the proposal.
An official who spoke to Pindula News on 4 June justified the proposed figures saying the money was essential for the operation of the school. The official added:
_The school needs money to run. If we parents fail to pay the money, the learners will not get a quality education and that will have a negative impact on the Maronedera community and Zimbabwe at large._
The development comes as the majority of the citizenry is still to recover from the effects of the continuous coronavirus-induced lockdowns which started last year.
As the country is experiencing a coronavirus resurgence, the government is imposing additional measures to curb the novel virus, a situation that will see many people losing their sources of revenue.
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