The government has reiterated that all schools must accept all forms of payment, that is, the local currency and foreign currencies, saying schools demanding fees exclusively in US dollars risk being de-registered.
In an interview with The Herald on Friday, Primary and Secondary Education Ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro the move by some schools to charge fees in US dollars is illegal and those caught on the wrong side of the law will be punished. Ndoro said:
Those schools that are charging USD exclusively or refusing the Zimbabwe dollar risk very serious remedial action from Government through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
We have even roped in the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to deal with some of the culprits that may be seen defying Government orders.
No parent is supposed to be forced to pay fees exclusively in United States dollars except for parents who do have free funds and are willing to use foreign currency to pay fees.
Parents are allowed to pay using local currency at the prevailing interbank rate of the day and all schools must accept all forms of currency.
The schools are actually not many, there are just pockets of schools. Remember we have got over 10 000 schools and most of them comply with Government directives.
It is just in a few schools where there is a bit of mischief here and there but that is under control, all of them are being directed to accept Zimbabwe dollars.
Ndoro added that the Ministry expects the national pass rate to increase as it does not expect any COVID-19-induced interruptions this term.