Parents with children enrolled at Maranatha Junior School in Harare are at loggerheads with school management over the payment of fees for the second term “that never was.”
Schools were scheduled to reopen for the second term on 28 June but the government ordered them to remain closed following a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Some schools decided to conduct online lessons during the lockdown period and expected parents to pay for the services.
Maranatha Junior School wrote letters to parents demanding that they pay “outstanding” fees for the “second” term. The school said:
Only paid-up students and with admission cards shall be allowed in class from Tuesday 13 September 2021.
You are free to bring proof of payment for reconciliation purposes to the accounts office if ever you have serviced your fees.
Some parents said their children were not registered for the online classes while others believe there was no need to pay full fees for a term that never was.
Meanwhile, Primary and Secondary Education ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro said schools should not demand fees payment for the “second” term. Said Ndoro:
Fees are only due for the first term and this second and final term this year.
When contacted by The Standard on Saturday, a woman who answered the phone at the school said she could not divulge such information over the telephone.